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Safeguarding declaration

MCH provides high quality community and specialist services to people living in Medway and Kent. We understand our safeguarding responsibilities and consider them of vital importance

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have been assured we have robust process in place to support staff to recognise the abuse and keep people safe, understand the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and work within the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS).

We report our safeguarding activityagainst key performance indicators to the performance oversight group, with quarterly reports submitted to the MSCB and our commissioners.

Our Board is assured that:

  • We are meeting statutory requirements for Disclosure Barring Service checks for staff.Compliance is monitored centrally and there is an escalation process.
  • Safeguarding policies are in place in line with MSCB and Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board safeguarding processes.
  • A training needs assessment and strategy is in place to ensure those working with adults and childrencomplete mandated training and access supervision relevant to their roles on safeguarding children and safeguarding adults, MCA and DOLs.
  • Named professionals for safeguarding children and lead clinicians for safeguarding adults are clear about their roles and have sufficient time and support to undertake them.
  • The Board lead with the responsibility for safeguarding in MCH is the Clinical Quality director, who is a member of the MSCB and Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board.
  • We have a safeguarding audit programme in place, which provides the Board with assurance that safeguarding systems and processes are effective.
  • MCH is actively involved in partnership working with Medway and Kent County Council and other local agencies, in relation to the development and provision of multi-agency arrangements to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children.

On the basis of this MCH confirms it has considered its position in regard to safeguarding children and adults and has assurance that it is meeting requirements and is following good practice.

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