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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 January 2013
Date of Publication: 1 March 2013
Inspection Report published 1 March 2013 PDF | 79.78 KB

People should be protected from abuse and staff should respect their human rights (outcome 7)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are protected from abuse, or the risk of abuse, and their human rights are respected and upheld.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 30 January 2013, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and talked with carers and / or family members. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People who use the service were protected from the risk of abuse, because the provider had taken reasonable steps to identify the possibility of abuse and prevent abuse from happening.

Reasons for our judgement

The service provider, Action for Children recognised that disabled children and young people were more vulnerable than other children to abuse and needed greater levels of protection. We saw that they included a child protection statement in the information pack which was given to every family which used the service. The statement acknowledged the vulnerability of disabled children and clarified that their staff had a duty to report any incidents which they considered might affect the welfare and safety of children. They also included the safeguarding leaflet produced by Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board, which provided information about responsibilities and procedures related to keeping children safe.

The registered manager and the support workers we spoke with told us that safeguarding was discussed at every monthly supervision session in respect of every child. The supervising manager was required to document the discussion and to report on safeguarding concerns or the absence of safeguarding concerns. When we looked at care files, we saw Casefile Supervision Decision records in each one. On the three files we looked at, it had been recorded that there were no safeguarding concerns. The record was updated after every monthly supervision session with support workers. The checks meant that no issues of concern about children were overlooked.

The registered manager told us that every support worker received child protection training as part of their induction. Subsequently, they received regular refresher training through Action for Children and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board. She told us that all staff had received safeguarding training in December 2012. This was confirmed when we looked at the training matrix. We spoke with two support workers who were clear about their responsibility to report any concerns about children to their manager. They told us that the service always had an on-call manager available to discuss any concerns they might have.