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Strengthening safeguarding – new team structure

The DCHS safeguarding service has been restructured and expanded to ensure the service remains well-placed to meet increasing demand as well as comply with all local and national safeguarding arrangements and partnership working for adults and children.

Under the new structure some job titles have changed – lead named nurses are now called named nurses safeguarding (children/adults) – and these two senior roles have become full-time.

Within both the adults and children’s safeguarding services, named nurses and practitioners are now known as specialist practitioners.

The restructuring is to ensure the service is best able to support the most vulnerable and at risk in our communities and meet the growing demands on the safeguarding team.

Elaine Summers, head of safeguarding for DCHS, said: “The new structure provides progression and succession planning for the safeguarding service.  There are identified roles that align the service with the recognised demands of Child at Risk of Exploitation, Domestic Abuse/Sexual Violence, north and south of the county and training. 

“The change in team structure supports the increase in work streams; including meetings, advice calls, supervision, court statements and strategic work generated from the Safeguarding Children’s Partnership subgroups and Safeguarding Adult Board subgroups.”

Contact details for queries: DCHST.safeguardingservice@nhs.net and landline 01773 850000