Safeguarding children

What we do

Safeguarding and the protecting children from harm is a core objective and key priority for all members of staff who work with children at either hospital. All staff are given training to help them to identify children who may require safeguarding and work with other highly experienced colleagues to share information as needed and make referrals to other agencies – such as Social Services – to ensure those children are protected.

As a trust we are committed to ensuring that all patients, including children, are cared for in a safe and secure environment. We do this by:

  • Having named professionals in post who lead on issues relating to safeguarding
  • Having robust systems in place to follow up on children who miss outpatient appointments
  • Ensuring staff are trained in safeguarding – including at director level – and this is annually refreshed
  • Forging close links with external agencies such as local authorities and children’s centres
  • Ensuring we are compliant with the statutory enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)

Within our teams that work with children within the hospitals or in the community we have a number of experienced professionals who medically evaluate children who may have been abused or neglected. We also work with specialist centres, such as the Haven Sexual Assault Referral Centre at St Mary’s Hospital.

Our team

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

  • Dr Paul Hargreaves – designated doctor
  • Dr Yiannis Ioannou – named doctor
  • Harriet Ann Thomas – named nurse
  • Wendy Allen – named midwife
  • Grace Ekanem – A&E liaison health visitor 

West Middlesex University Hospital

  • Dr Anne Davies – named paediatric consultant
  • Ms Tonie Neville – named midwife
  • Ms Daisy Dholoo – named nurse
  • Theresa Driver – safeguarding midwife
  • Barbara Butler – matron and CP trainer

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