Safeguarding Nurse Practitioner
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual with significant experience of safeguarding children and adults, to join the Community Safeguarding team and the Sheffield Safeguarding Hub. The latter includes statutory partners such as Children's Social Care; South Yorkshire Police; Health and other partner agencies.
The Safeguarding Nurse Practitioner will work in collaboration with the health team to provide daily health contribution in the Safeguarding Hub, in line with associated procedures and protocols. Other aspects of the Safeguarding Nurse Practitioner's role will be to support the Community Safeguarding team with delivery of safeguarding advice; safeguarding training and contribution to single and multi-agency audits.
For further information or an informal visit please contact Meeta Palawan, Named Nurse & Community Safeguarding Service Lead Tel. (0114) 3053229; mobile 07974129358; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you may contact a member of the team via scn-tr.SheffieldCommunitySafeguardingChildren@nhs.net
Main duties of the job
The Safeguarding Nurse Practitioner will work predominantly in the Safeguarding Hub, providing daily health input as part of a co-located and integrated multi-agency safeguarding screening team. The post holder will be managed by the Named Nurse / Community Safeguarding Service Lead.
The Safeguarding Nurse Practitioner will be based in the Sheffield Safeguarding Hub which is re-locating from Moorfoot to Howden House in February 2024. The Safeguarding Nurse Practitioner's role is to support the Community Safeguarding Team in sharing information appropriately, providing timely and effectivehealth contribution in the Hub, in line with relevant procedures and protocols. These are consistent with Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership Procedures, statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018'; and key legislation such as Children Act 1989; Children Act 2004'; Care Act 2014, Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and so on.
The post holder will work in collaboration with members of the Community Safeguarding Team. Other aspects of the Safeguarding Nurse Practitioner's role will be to support delivery of safeguarding training alongside team members and support work regarding safeguarding audits. The post holder may be required to attend safeguarding hub meetings, as determined by the Named Nurse / Community Safeguarding Service Lead.
Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.
We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision "to create a healthier future for children and young people."
- Outstanding patient care
- Brilliant place to work
- Leader in children's health
Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including; generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.
We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.
The Safeguarding Nurse Practitioner will be required to:
- Work in line with local & national guidance and legislation relating to safeguarding children and adults.
- Work closely with other safeguarding teams; Named Professionals within and outside the Trust; Named GPs; Designated Professionals for Safeguarding children and adults.
- Promote and share best practice within and outside the Hub, encouraging colleagues to intervene early; engaging the most vulnerable children/young people, including Children Looked After, and those who are or may be at risk of harm.
- Maintain constructive relationships with a broad range of partners and stakeholders, specifically health colleagues from different services and disciplines.
- Support robust risk analysis & decision making based on safety, best practice, delivery of high quality services for children; young people and their families.
- Work in partnership with statutory agencies in the Hub, identify and collate relevant health information needed and contribute to multi-agency meetings and decision-making. These are vital for effective safeguarding screening, ensuring the right decision is reached to safeguard children/young people.
- In line with local and national information sharing guidance, share relevant; appropriate and proportionate health information within the required timescale about the most vulnerable children/ young people including Children Looked After.
- Contribute to multi-agency screening of domestic abuse cases referred to the hub by the Police or other agencies.
- Prioritise contribution to strategy discussions arranged by the Safeguarding Hub. Where required, facilitate attendance by practitioners at strategy discussions arranged by Childrens Social Care Area Teams.
- Contribute to Multi-Agency Domestic Abuse (MADA) meetings held in the Hub.
- Research/ gather, interpret and present health information and issues that can increase vulnerability/ risk from a range of health perspectives. This may involve disclosing specific information about parents/carers or significant others.
- Share health information in line with DH Information Sharing Guidance; The Caldicott Principles and the Data Protection Act. Ensure health information is processed fairly and proportionately.
- Document relevant information clearly on a case by case basis in SystmOne electronic health records, e.g specific health actions to be followed up by practitioners involved. Where required liaise with the relevant safeguarding team or Named Professional.
- Liaise with and provide verbal feedback to health colleagues as required.
- Challenge appropriately where appropriate, providing a rationale where there is differing professional opinion when planning the safety of a child, young person or adult.
- Ensure that accurate data is collated on all health activities in the Safeguarding Hub.
- Identify and feed back potential service gaps and issues which may be impacting on practice. Escalate evidence of ineffective safeguarding arrangements within and outside the Safeguarding Hub.
- Seek advice and support where required, liaising appropriately with members of the Community Safeguarding Team and the Community Named Nurse about highly complex cases or situations.
- Act as an advocate & maintain focus on the child/young person/family, especially where colleagues may have lost focus due to conflicting agendas and priorities.
- Contribute to the Safeguarding Hub worksite meetings and the multi-agency Front Door audits (MAFDA).
- As required, support delivery of safeguarding training.
Inclusive Recruitment & Selection
We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.
We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager: Catherine.Gilbert7@nhs.net
We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at Catherine.Gilbert7@nhs.net
The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
- Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
- Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
- Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
- Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care
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