We believe that abuse is never acceptable and that all our staff have a responsibility to keep patients free from abuse and neglect.

DHU is committed to its duty of care to refer any concerns where an adult or child is at risk of suffering abuse or neglect. This is in accordance with The Care Act 2014 and The Children Act 1989 (2004).

DHU passes concerns to the relevant agencies so that appropriate action can be taken. Whilst not undertaking the investigation directly we have a duty to contribute relevant information to authorised agencies when requested.

What do our safeguarding team do?

Our safeguarding team provide staff with the support and training they need to help them safeguard children and adults at risk.

The safeguarding training forms part of the mandatory training schedule within DHU, this is inclusive of Domestic Violence, Child Sexual Exploitation, Prevent, Female Genital Mutilation and the Mental Capacity Act.  The level of training depends on the staff role and is in line with national practice.

The learning outcomes from national and local safeguarding reviews provide us with information for ongoing learning and continual service improvements.

DHU provides our Commissioners, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies with relevant data and action plans to show our commitment to improving our services and the care we provide.

If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child or adult then please contact your local authority.

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