Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital Child Health Services

We are based at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and deliver across acute and community setting, under one management structure.

The team, who work in partnership with Hampshire Children's Services, encompasses medical, nursing and administrative staff. This includes community children's nurses and school nurses, therapy staff (physiotherapy, occupational therapy and play specialists), health visitor liaison and the team for safeguarding children.

We also provide nursing support and health initiatives within main stream and special schools, portage, nurseries and children's centres and to special schools in Alton, Basingstoke and Bordon. The team provides continuity of care for the children (from 0 - 18 years (in full time education) and their families, avoiding fragmentation and duplication of services.

Our service has been recognised nationally and highly recommended by Health Select Committee (1995) and recently by the Institute for Innovation and Improvement (2007).

Safeguarding children

Safeguarding children is central to the care we offer and we have clear guidance in place to support all aspects of its delivery. In line with national guidance Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital has a named nurse, Helen Hudson, named midwife Wendy Cotterell and a named doctor Dr Nick Ward.

Their responsibilities include providing expert advice and support for health colleagues and working closely with agency partners to ensure local safeguarding arrangements.

Safeguarding Children and Young People: Compliance

Declaration Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital is committed to safeguarding children and young people. The Hospital recognises it is in a position to identify families who may benefit from early support and to safeguard children who may be at risk of, or suffering abuse. The Care Quality Commission and Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board require compliance with key safeguarding children arrangements.

Senior management contribution

The Hospital is an active member of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board. We have an identified Board director who has responsibility for safeguarding for the site.

Safe recruitment

The Hospital meets its statutory requirements in relation to Criminal Records Bureau checks.

Safeguarding Children Training

Training is mandatory for all staff, every member of staff receives level 1 training at induction. Level 2 and 3 training is targeted at clinical staff working directly with children. All clinical staff in maternity, child health and the emergency department are required to update their level 3 training annually, this exceeds the Working Together 2010 requirements.

Named Professionals for Safeguarding Children

The safeguarding children team is led by the named nurse and named doctor for Safeguarding. The team provide supervision and support for staff on complex child protection issues and ensure policies and processes are in place that safeguard children and support families.

Systems and processes to safeguard children and young people

The Hospital ensures that robust systems are in place to support the protection and safeguarding of children and young people.

This includes systems for flagging children for whom there are safeguarding concerns, and close partnership working with other agencies and health providers to support families and where necessary protect children.

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