Review into the safeguarding of children in Knowsley health services

NHS Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) can report that the CQC has today (2 February) published the findings of a review into the safeguarding of children in Knowsley health services and for children who are in the care of the Local Authority (Children Looked After) and has made 48 recommendations.

The review took place from 7th November 2016 to 11th November 2016 with a specific focus on:

  • The role of healthcare providers and commissioners.
  • The role of healthcare organisations in understanding risk factors, identifying needs, communicating effectively with children and families, liaising with other agencies,assessing needs and responding to those needs and contributing to multi-agency assessments and reviews.
  •  The contribution of health services in promoting and improving the health and well-being of looked after children including carrying out health assessments and providing appropriate services.

 At the time of their inspection, the CQC identified areas of good practice. They found that the organisations they inspected have a good oversight of safeguarding and that they share information well to protect children.  They found that the ‘Think Family’ model is well embedded and evidenced within adult services and that practitioners and clinicians listen to what children tell them.

Of the 48 recommendations, 40 are for individual organisations to progress and the remaining 8 are recommendations that will require joint cooperation from several of the providers below:

  • St Helens and Knowsley Hospital NHS Trust
  • 5 Borough Partnership Foundation NHS Trust
  • Royal Liverpool and Broad Green University Hospital NHS Trust
  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Trust
  • GPs in Knowsley

An action plan addressing the recommendations within the report will be collated by NHS Knowsley CCG and submitted to the CQC within 20 working days of receipt of the final report.

The full report can be found here http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/child-safeguarding-and-looked-after-children-inspection-programme-clas