Solutions 4 Health (S4H) is committed to its role in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. The safety and welfare of children and adults who come into contact with our services either directly or indirectly is paramount and all staff have a responsibility to ensure that best practice is followed, including compliance with statutory requirements.
Within S4H safeguarding responsibilities include service users who are under the age of 18 years, children who are carers or parents, or are the children of service users and adults.
Definition of an adult at risk: Aged 18 years or over; Who may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.
Section 11 of the Children Act (2004) and the Care Act (2014) places a duty on every organisation delivering health services 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 and adults at risk. S4H regularly reviews its arrangements against these requirements and is compliant with them.
All staff within Solutions4Health have a responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of service users and colleagues. Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental human right and an essential requirement for health and well-being. Safeguarding is about the safety and well-being of all our service users but providing additional measures for those least able to protect themselves from harm or abuse.
Safeguarding is a fundamental part of patient safety and wellbeing and therefore integral to complying with legislation, regulations and delivering cost effective care.
S4H uses the Safer Recruitment system when recruiting staff to work with children and adults at risk of harm. This process includes the use of the enhanced Disclosure and Debarring Service (DBS) as part of the vetting process. References and work history are always checked before an offer of employment is made.
Safer recruitment and selection training are mandatory for all appointing officers. S4H has a nominated lead for addressing allegations relating to children or adults at risk. They work closely with the Designated Officer for Local Authorities if concerns arise.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
S4H’s Safeguarding policies for adults and children guide staff around their practice. The polices have been written in accordance with the national legislative framework Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and the Care Act (2014).
S4H services have clinical record flagging systems to highlight children or adults at risk where safeguarding concerns have been identified as well as those that have known vulnerabilities and where additional support is being is required. All staff have access to refer children, families, or adults at risk to partner agencies for additional support should they be assessed as requiring this.
Staff have access to the Named Nurses or Director of Nursing and Safeguarding for supervision when they are concerned about the welfare of children or an adult at risk. They also have access to S4H’s children and adult safeguarding policies as well as access to online material such as the Local Safeguarding Partnership Boards policies. The local Children and Adult Social Services will provide advice where there are concerns around the welfare of children or adults at risk and a possible need for referral. Online referral forms and access to S4H and Local Safeguarding Partnership Boards policies are easily accessible to staff as they are provided with the equipment to work as mobile practitioners.
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN TRAINING
Staff should understand their role and responsibilities in safeguarding children and adults at risk as well as the roles of other professionals in other agencies. This is essential for multi-agency and inter-agency working. Safeguarding children and adult training are mandatory for all staff regardless of their role. Training needs analysis is mapped to the National Intercollegiate Guidance (2019) published by the Royal College of Nursing. Training is delivered via a range of blended learning, with online and face to face training options. S4H has a robust system in place for monitoring and ensuring compliance which is reported to the Executive Board, Commissioners, Quality Safety Assurance Committee and Local Safeguarding Partnership Boards as part of the quarterly and annual reporting system.
Solutions 4 Health employs a team which provides S4H staff with support and advice around the issues of safeguarding including safeguarding supervision and training.
S4H’s representation at Executive Board level is provided by the Director of Public Health and Lifestyle Services / Executive Lead for Safeguarding and the Director of Nursing and Safeguarding. They are the “Children’s Champion” in accordance with the Children’s Act 2004. S4H also has a safeguarding link worker scheme which provides a network of advice and support and aids the flow of information to clinicians. Within the Public Health Nursing 0-19 (25) service, the Named Nurses fulfils this role and provides quarterly and ad hoc safeguarding supervision to each member of the team as well as providing training around safeguarding children and adults.
The Executive Board receives quarterly reports around compliance and details of the services use of safeguarding teams within S4H.
The Executive Board approves S4H Safeguarding Action Plans which includes details of what S4H is doing to develop and improve its safeguarding arrangements. As part of this the Safeguarding Team conducts regular audits to ensure that the safeguarding arrangements in place are working. The Safeguarding Team also supports teams within S4H who have safeguarding action plans from other inspections such as Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) by Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted).
S4H is also required to undertake an annual audit of its safeguarding arrangements against the requirements of Section 11 of the Children Act 2004. The report is submitted to the Local Safeguarding Adult and Children Partnership Boards, S4H Executive Board and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Boards who monitor any actions arising from them.
Questions about our Safeguarding policies should be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Solutions 4 Health (S4H) is committed to the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking in all its forms and will not tolerate or condone the abuse of human rights. We have a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking, which extends to all our business dealings and transactions.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It constitutes S4H slavery and human trafficking statement for the end of the financial year 2021. This statement covers all Solutions 4 Health’s services across the UK.
Solutions 4 Health is an innovative company with a passion and a track record for tackling health inequalities. We provide a one stop solution for commissioners accountable for outcome focused integrated public health services through the successful integration of healthcare and technology. Our teams’ capability allows for the capture of referrals from all sources; undertakes assessment and uses motivational interviewing techniques such as Making Every Contact Count (MECC); and can produce bespoke performance analysis.
Solutions 4 Health is a field leader in transforming service provision to best meet the needs of the populations that we serve. We have successfully integrated a wide variety of public health programmes in consultation with staff and commissioners, to produce a better and more innovative approach to keeping people healthy.
We currently provide over 30 services to over 100,000 members of the public annually. We employ healthcare staff which includes doctors and nurses who work within our services.
We deliver health and social care services nationally, which include Integrated lifestyle services, 0-19 SEND (25) public health nursing services, sexual health services, adult and child weight management, children’s lifestyles services in schools, falls prevention, NHS health checks, stop smoking, clinical services for Tier 3 weight management, new information systems and digital solutions using artificial intelligence. We also deliver Chronic Disease Self Management courses and our healthcare team have been trained by the Stanford School of Medicine.
OUR SUPPLY CHAIN
Our supply chain includes professional services providers, NHS Trusts, NHS Foundation Trusts, social enterprises, medical equipment suppliers and office equipment suppliers. We share most of our supply chain with the state-operated NHS, and all organisations supplying the NHS are subject to the NHS Code of Conduct on Ethics and Labour. As an NHS supplier ourselves, we are also subject to this code.
Solutions 4 Health is committed to continuously improving its practices to identify and eliminate any slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains, and to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business relationships.
In addition to the NHS supply chain Solutions 4 Health also uses a wide range of suppliers who supply goods for sale, provide services at events and support our operations.
We consider that modern slavery and human trafficking is completely unacceptable whether they are in our supply chain or any other part of our business, and the communities where we work. We regularly review our policies and procedures in order to ensure we have effective systems which lessen the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking taking place anywhere in our supply chains. Our Safeguarding and Whistleblowing policies provide colleagues with guidance on how to report their concerns.
We require our suppliers to be aware and manage the risk of modern slavery in their own supply chains.
Our frontline teams are trained to an appropriate level in Safeguarding for their role, and this training – which must be completed annually – includes material on identifying the signs of modern slavery and human trafficking among the people who use the services we run.
In addition, we take part in several joint initiatives with local authorities and other healthcare providers to further increase our ability to identify potential modern slavery and human trafficking amongst our patient populations.
Only approved suppliers are used within our supply chain that have undergone our due diligence checks. We continue to monitor suppliers in our supply chain to ensure that high standards are maintained. We also employ a robust approach to our human resources processes ensuring the right to work is evidenced for all workers in line with Government requirements.
This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Solutions 4 Health’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the end of the financial year March 2021.
Questions about our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement should be sent to us at email@example.com