Safeguarding children declaration

The NHS has a key part to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Individual children, especially some of the most vulnerable children and those at greatest risk of social exclusion, will need co-ordinated help from a range of organisations including health, education, children’s social care and the voluntary sector.

Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places a duty on every NHS Trust to have arrangements in place to ensure that the organisation and all staff working within it have regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. CPFT regularly reviews its arrangements against these requirements and is compliant with them.

Safer employment

CPFT has a clear process for ensuring that anyone working with children has had a CRB check before they start work.

Recruitment and selection training is mandatory for all appointing officers and Trust policy requires that references are checked before an offer of employment is made.

CPFT has a nominated HR lead for dealing with allegations relating to children who works closely with the Local Area Designated Officer (LADO) if concerns arise.

Policies and procedures

Staff practice with regard to safeguarding children is guided by CPFT's safeguarding children policy. This policy has been written in accordance with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCBs) ‘Core Inter-agency Safeguarding Procedures’ and ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013’.

CPFT has a system for flagging safeguarding children concerns and ensuring that missed out-patient appointments are followed up. Staff are given additional information and support to contribute to the child protection process when it is known they are working with a member of the family.

A range of information resources are made available to staff to assist in their safeguarding responsibilities, including web resources, newsletters, briefings and a Trust hand book. See below.

Safeguarding children training

Staff should have an understanding of both their role and responsibilities, and those of other professionals and organisations. This is essential for effective multi-agency and inter-agency working. Safeguarding children training is mandatory for all staff, regardless of role and CPFT has a robust system in place for monitoring and ensuring compliance.

Safeguarding children team

CPFT employs a named nurse and a named doctor for safeguarding children. It also has a specialist nurse for safeguarding children. These people are responsible for leading safeguarding children within CPFT and providing the organisation and staff with support and advice.

CPFT's representation at board level is provided by Melanie Coombes, Director of Nursing, who is CPFT's ‘children’s champion’ in accordance with the Children’s Act 2004.

CPFT also has a safeguarding children link worker scheme which provides a network of advice and support and aids the flow of information to clinicians. Each team has a link worker who receives extra training for their role.


The Board approves CPFT's Safeguarding Children Action Plan which includes details of what CPFT is doing to develop and improve its safeguarding arrangements. As part of this plan the Safeguarding Children Team conducts regular audits to ensure that the safeguarding arrangements in place are working.

CPFT is also required to undertake an annual audit of its safeguarding arrangements against the requirements of Sec 11 of the Children Act 2004. These are submitted to the LSCBs in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire who also monitor any actions arising from them.

The page was last updated on 21 April 2017 by rmitchell.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

Twitter Logo Youtube Logo Facebook Logo Instagram Logo Wordpress Logo