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10.2 Local Protocol - Solihull MBC and Heart of England Foundation Trust Hospital (Acute Services): Child Protection Referrals of Solihull Children

AMENDMENT

This protocol was updated in January 2013.


1.1 This agreement applies to children attending either Heart of England Foundation Trust Hospital; Accident and Emergency, Outpatients or admitted as in-patients; who have a Solihull address (B37, B90-B98 and some B36, CV5 & CV7 postcodes).
1.2

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust will share safeguarding issues/concerns or information with the hospital where children are transferred to because of the seriousness of their condition and/or for specialist treatment. In turn these establishments will operate within their own safeguarding procedures

1.3 Where a member of medical, nursing or midwifery staff has reason to believe that a Solihull child may be at risk of Significant Harm, the member of staff should immediately contact the Solihull Children's Social Work Services in accordance with the Making Referrals to Children's Social Care Procedure.
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A record of the referral and any action taken should be entered on the clinical notes at the time the referral is made. As stated in the Making Referrals to Children's Social Care Procedure, a Multi Agency Referral Form must be faxed to confirm the details of the referral within 48 hours.

Referrals regarding Solihull children should not be made to the on sight hospital Social Work Team, as they are not the responsible local authority for Solihull children.

1.5 Access to the clinical notes may be required by staff from the Police or from Children's Social Work Services and should be provided. See Information Sharing and Confidentiality Procedure
1.6 Solihull Children's Social Work Services will be responsible for undertaking a Social Work Assessment and, if required, a Section 47 Enquiry and Social Work Assessment. This may be a joint enquiry with the Police. A hospital representative will be invited to participate in any strategy discussion and Initial conference where one is held.
1.7 Where a child is made the subject of a Child Protection Plan the conference will make a decision as to the need for a hospital staff representative to be a member of the Core Group and invited to contribute to review conferences whether the child is receiving ongoing treatment/services from the hospital.
1.8 Solihull Child Protection and Review Service will provide the Heart of England NHS Trust (Acute trust) with the name, DOB and address of all children residing in Solihull who are the subject of a Care or Child Protection Plan.  This information will be held by the trust as confidential information used by hospital staff to inform their service delivery and management of an individual child’s need.  An information sharing agreement exists between Solihull Child Protection and Review Service and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust to address the safe transfer and management of this information.
1.9 Where hospital staff check against their system and identify a child is not the subject of a care or child protection plan they must still consider the identified concern in full and where they believe a child to be a child in need of support, care or protection, a referral to Children Social Work Services should be made in line with the agreed threshold for referral as set out in Making Referrals to Children's Social Care Procedure.
1.10

This is a formal working agreement to promote best practice, information sharing and working together. It will be issued by the Hospital Trusts to all relevant medical, nursing and midwifery staff and be held within Solihull LSCP procedures for reference

1.11

Information Sharing Arrangements with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

GOSH as a specialist tertiary hospital provides services to patients nationwide and internationally. GOSH cannot access information systems which are appropriate for local hospitals. However, GOSH staff must ensure that they are aware of identified risks to patients and can work in partnership with local services to make an appropriate contribution to plans for the protection of individual children.

This section of the procedures applies to children and young people who:

  1. Have a Solihull address; and
  2. Are subject of a Child Protection Plan; and
  3. Are seen as an inpatient or outpatient at Great Ormond Street Hospital at the time they become or during the time they are subject to a Child Protection Plan.

Solihull Child Protection and Review Service will provide the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) with the name, DOB and address of any child in Solihull who is the subject of a Child Protection Plan and is seen as an inpatient or outpatient of GOSH. This information will be held by the trust as confidential information used by hospital staff to inform their service delivery and management of an individual child's needs. This will include use of an internal electronic flagging system to ensure safeguarding needs are recognised during Outpatient appointments or admission.  Information should be communicated to the Trust Social Work Service:

Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm 020 7405 9200 ext 5320

If you need to request GOSH to take any urgent action to protect a patient, you must contact the Social Work duty service directly, in hours, or the Clinical Site Practitioners, after 5pm, weekends and Bank Holidays 020 7405 9200 Bleep 0313.

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