Supporting children and young people
Subtitle: Safeguarding arrangements between hospitals and children's social services
Jessica Datta and Di Hart
About the Author
Based on the findings of a Department of Health funded NCB project, this report examines the ways in which hospitals and social service departments work together where children are in need, including a need for protection. The importance of this interface was highlighted by Lord Laming's Inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie. It is also at the heart of policy initiatives to integrate children's services in order to improve outcomes
The project included:
- Mapping current working arrangements through national surveys of hospitals and social service departments
- A review of relevant literature, including Part 8 and other inquiries
- Case studies of three hospitals with different models of service delivery interviews with key personnel in local agencies responsible for safeguarding children.
A Shared Responsibility offers analysis of the project and draws out the important messages about effective working arrangements and practice. The findings suggest that the key to safeguarding children in hospital is good communication, and that there is more to be done if this is to be achieved.
Di Hart worked for many years as a child care social worker and manager before taking up a post at NCB developing practice with children in public care. She has a particular interest in children in secure settings. Recent work has included a review of the use of physical restraint in children's services, the development of a care-planning model for looked after children who go into custody and a project aiming to improve outcomes for the children of drug-misusing parents.
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