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Safeguarding Paediatric Liaison Nurse Advisor

Northampton General Hospital
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

Due to staff reduction in hours of the current post holder, there is now an exciting opportunity to join the integrated safeguarding team at Northampton General Hospital.

The person must have a genuine commitment to safeguarding and who is experienced or wants to develop within this field. The role encompasses promoting a positive culture of safeguarding to ensure it is part of everyday practice.

Main duties of the job

The Safeguarding Paediatric Liaison Nurse Advisor will contribute to the delivery of safeguarding services supporting the Named Nurse and Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children as detailed in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, Children's Acts 1989 and 2004, Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children's Partnership (NSCP) procedures and other national and local legislation and policy.

The post holder will support the Named Nurse to implement good practice of national recommendations and guidance from lessons learned from Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (CSPR's), provide safeguarding children advice and support to all wards and departments, facilitate ad hoc and prearranged supervision and deliver safeguarding children's training to all practitioners in line with Intercollegiate Document (2019).

The post holder will ensure that there are effective two-way communication and sharing of information between hospitals and community services which enables children and their families to receive appropriate care and support. This includes liaison internally and externally with partnership agencies such as hospitals, GP's, Health Visitors, School Nurses, CAMHS, LAC Specialist Nurse, Children's Social Services, Police and other statutory and voluntary stakeholders.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide safeguarding children advice to staff that is evidence based and underpinned by current legislative and national guidance.

To challenge unsafe practice and escalate concerns to the Named Nurse and Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children.

To work together with Named Nurse and the community and hospital teams to ensure that young people, children and babies that have safeguarding concerns are identified and protected.

To develop effective communication links and partnership working with multi-agency practitioners which enhance the direct care of children in need, in need of child protection or early intervention.

To attend the local Vulnerable Adolescent Panel (VAP) to support/reduce the risk and vulnerabilities in children and young people who come into NGH care, who may be subject to various forms of exploitation.

To scrutinise Emergency Department (ED) attendance lists daily to ensure any safeguarding concerns are actioned in a timely manner.

To process all Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) referral forms ensuring that safeguarding databases are updated daily.

To process all Paediatric Liaison Forms (PLFs) that have been completed, adding actions for partner agencies to follow up/complete within primary care that are necessary to safeguard the child that may have not been thought of by the clinician.

Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of liaison processes in conjunction with community, primary care and hospital services.

Daily visits to the paediatric wards and ED to liaise and support staff with reference to any safeguarding concerns that may arise.

Provide support to staff involved in child protection process through attending child protection conferences, strategy meetings and other interagency professional meetings as the need arises and /or briefing practitioners in relation to these meetings.

To work with the Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children to implement appropriate quality assurance systems including audit.

Review and complete MARAC documentation for meetings, and completion of MARAC risk assessment tool where appropriate, supporting Trust staff in this process.

Action information requests that are received from the local PREVENT coordinator to contribute towards PREVENT Channel Panel.

Liaise with the Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor (IDVA) referring patients to Domestic Violence Support Services.

In collaboration with the Named Nurse, support the development of robust safeguarding practices and the Safeguarding Childrens Service leading on projects as identified.

To act as an advisor and resource for matters relating to safeguarding children within the organisation, giving advice to clinicians, relatives and carers.

To evaluate clinical information from referral information, prioritising in accordance with national and local policies and guidance to assess all PLF and interagency referrals and ensure that they are disseminated to other professionals involved, assist in the follow up of outcomes from interagency referrals when required if PLF not available.

To identify complex cases that require a higher level of intervention and escalate to the Named Nurse and other members of the general safeguarding team as appropriate and other agencies teams in devising a plan of action.

To work with the adult safeguarding team in meeting trust responsibilities to young adults receiving care and treatment through knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards /Liberty Protection Safeguards

To communicate effectively when dealing with sensitive, distressing information and demonstrate empathy when dealing with patients, carers and relatives.

Communicate information relating to a childs death with the relevant professionals including the Child Death Review Panel, completing child death notifications.

Contribute to sensitive investigations as part of early management reviews.

To provide support and advice to hospital and community staff through safeguarding clinical supervision process working in partnership with the Named Nurse

Person Specification

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Able to prioritise and plan workload.
  • Willingness to collect data to maintain service performance indicators.
  • Willingness to embrace and develop new skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work successfully through change.
  • Ability to deal with conflict and manage appropriately.
  • Possess a 'can do' attitude.


  • Able to assertively challenge in an appropriate manner with senior staff as necessary.



  • Good levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in clinical practice.
  • Analytical and judgemental skills.
  • Ability to recognise complex issues and escalate.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Ability to audit, monitor, evaluate data and produce reports on service for paediatric liaison purposes.


  • Experienced in delivery of safeguarding supervision.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience in relevant setting (Childrens Nursing, Community Nursing, Midwifery).
  • Ability to work in a team and on own initiative.
  • Time management skills demonstrated through the ability to prioritise own work and work to targets.
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment with conflicting demands.
  • Evidence of relevant professional development
  • Ability to facilitate and present training material confidently to all staff grades and disciplines.
  • IT skills in Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
  • Good verbal and written presentation skills.
  • Able to manage conflict resolution.
  • Ability to develop appropriate networks within health and with other agencies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of national and local child safeguarding guidance, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge and understanding of multi-disciplinary, inter-professional practice related to safeguarding children.
  • Experience of delivering clinical supervision.


  • Development of clinical policies and guidelines.
  • Experience of developing learning materials.
  • Knowledge of child health and development) and experience of working with complex family dynamics.
  • Mental Health awareness/knowledge for child adolescents.
  • Postgraduate safeguarding training.

Education, Training and Qualifications


  • Registered nurse/children's nurse/midwife.
  • First degree level or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of post-qualification study.
  • Trained to a minimum of safeguarding children's level 3.


  • Specialist community public health nursing (Health Visiting - School Nursing).
  • Teaching and/or mentoring qualification.

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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