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NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
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Whiston Hospital
£40,057 - £45,839 Per Annum Pro Rata
Salary period
04/07/2022 23:59

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Specialist Nurse Safeguarding Children

NHS AfC: Band 7

In the St Helen’s and Knowsley NHS Teaching Hospitals Trust family, everyone matters. Our patients come from all walks of life and so do we. We embrace people from all backgrounds, and we want you to bring our whole self to work where you feel respected and valued as an individual and part of our team. We expect kindness in everything you say and do. By committing to this, you will find a fulfilling, supportive and safe place to work at STHK.

That means we welcome all good candidates inclusive of ethnic background, disability, sex, religion or belief, gender identity and expression or reassignment, sexual orientation, age, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, veteran status, and the many other parts of a person’s identity.  As a ‘Disability Confident Leader’ we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who consider themselves to have a disability, and who meet the minimum selection criteria (essential) at each stage of the selection process. You can indicate your wish to submit an application under the Trust's guaranteed interview scheme in the personal information section of the online application form.

Job overview

The Specialist Nurse for Safeguarding Children will be an integral part of the Trust Safeguarding team supporting in the delivery of key performance Trust-wide targets specific to safeguarding children.

The successful applicant will be accountable for the provision of effective professional nursing leadership in respect of safeguarding children, domestic abuse and child exploitation (CE).  The Specialist Nurse Safeguarding Children will have operational responsibility for ensuring children who attend the Trust or children under the care of adults who attend the Trust are safeguarded according to Trust policy.

The Safeguarding Children Specialist Nurse is available to provide expert advice and guidance to all Trust staff and will act as the Trust representative at multi-agency operational safeguarding forums involving children. The post holder will create an environment of continuous quality improvement and professional development to enable all staff to safeguard children effectively.

The interview date for this position have not yet been confirmed. 

Main duties of the job

The Safeguarding Children Specialist Nurse will be a strong leader who influences and shapes the patient experience. Duties include:

  • Act as a positive role model through the provision of effective professional leadership and demonstration of competent, accountable clinical practice
  • Provide day to day visible access and authoritative leadership in all clinical areas across the Trust.
  • Ensure the statutory provision of safeguarding children is of the highest standard and those patients and their families are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Actively support the Trust in the provision of meeting key performance indicators in relation to safeguarding.
  • Contribute to the Local Safeguarding Partnership Boards processes on behalf of the Trust for the completion of Child Practice Reviews, share and embed learning as appropriate.
  • Undertake the preparation and participate as the Trust representative at the Local Safeguarding
  • Children’s Boards multi-agency case audits quarterly.
  • Support the Trust in the delivery of key performance targets specific to safeguarding children, CE and domestic abuse.

Working for our organisation

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and one of the few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 360,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Our latest achievements include:

  • Acute Trust of the Year – HSJ Awards November 2019
  • Trust rates Outstanding by the CQC – Inspection August 2018
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal)
  • Best acute Trust in the North West for quality of care (NHS Staff Survey 2021)
  • Best place to work in the North West (NHS Staff Survey 2021)

In the NHS Staff Survey 2021 the Trust scored the highest marks in the North West for the following areas;

  • Standard of care
  • Best place to work
  • Care of patients being the Trust’s priority
  • Staff engagement
  • Staff morale
  • Compassionate and inclusive
  • Providing a safe environment for staff

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  • Must have a sound knowledge of the National and Local Safeguarding Children Agenda
  • Provision of professional leadership, motivation and supervision to ensure high standards of patient care.
  • Act as a credible role model for the Trust.
  • Implementing necessary changes to models of care to meet local, national and specialty audit recommendations, as agreed with the Named Nurse and Assistant Director of Safeguarding.
  • To actively promote user involvement and feedback on quality of service
  • Maintain Professional Registration
  • Adhere to relevant Code of Practice of Professional body


  • To have responsibility for the management of your own daily programme
  • To be able to work without direct supervision
  • To be proficient in organising and prioritising sensitive information
  • To evaluate situations and implement required appropriate action


  • To keep continually updated in professional practice
  • To actively deliver safeguarding supervision within the Trust and participate in supervision with the Named Nurse Safeguarding Children.
  • To complete additional training as required maintaining specialist knowledge of Child
  • Protection procedures, policies and the safeguarding children agenda.
  • To be an educator for pre and post registration nursing and medical personnel.
  • Deliver effective Trust training in relation to safeguarding children, domestic abuse management as required and maintain records of attendance.


  • To support the Named Nurse / Named Midwife as required.
  • To advise and support safeguarding administrators as appropriate.


  • To complete and support audit as per the Trust Safeguarding Audit Plan.
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary audit as directed by the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership.
  • To be responsible for ensuring that there is adherence to safeguarding children and safeguarding vulnerable adult protocols within clinical practice.
  • To ensure that confidentiality for patients and staff is maintained in all areas and that staff adhere to the Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act and the Caldicott Principles

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Children’s Nurse, with current NMC Registration
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Safeguarding Children Level 3 Training/Qualification
Desirable criteria
  • Child Protection / Safeguarding Training at Degree/Masters Level
  • Child Protection / Safeguarding Training at Degree/Masters Level

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Substantial experience in an acute or community Paediatric setting
  • Knowledge of clinical skills required to undertake the role
  • Knowledge of current professional & clinical issues
  • Knowledge of clinical governance agenda
  • Knowledge of the national safeguarding children agenda along with relevant legislation including the Children Act 1989 and 2004, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
  • Effective working knowledge local Safeguarding policies and process including implementation of Early Help
  • Knowledge of the Domestic Abuse Agenda
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of resource management skills and role in the cost improvement process
  • Training experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work across boundaries


Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent time management, record management and organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise work effectively
  • Problem solving/decision making skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Risk management skills in relation to safeguarding
  • Discharge planning skills
  • Computer literate, with database management experience


Essential criteria
  • Motivated individual, commitment to personal & professional development
  • Flexible and adaptable approach

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Lisa Forshaw
Job title
Named Nurse Safegaurding Children
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0151 290 4295