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Safeguarding statement

At Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone we care for, and it is at the heart of everything we do. We recognise and understand our responsibility to promote safe practice and protect everyone from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s business.

Our bespoke care is for the whole family, and we work together to create a culture that embraces diversity and respects the rights of every individual within the family. Everyone deserves respect, dignity and equality and we believe that individuals should receive the support they need to reach their full potential and safe from harm.

We will ensure that

The welfare of those we care for will always be paramount.

The rights, wishes and feelings of everyone and those important to them, will be respectfully listened to.

In keeping those we care for safe from harm we will work with the multi-disciplinary team both within Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and other partners, to share information and work within the parameters of relevant legislation and guidance.

Our  workforce, both staff and volunteers regardless of role, will work in accordance with the interests of all those we care for and will follow our policies and procedures.

Our Safeguarding policies and procedures ensure that we have robust systems in place to keep everyone safe.
We can therefore respond appropriately to any safeguarding concerns.

Within the organisation we have the following in place

Safeguarding policies and procedures

Director responsibility for safeguarding within the organisation

Appointed Care Trustee for safeguarding

Organisational safeguarding team which meets bi-weekly

Links with external safeguarding teams

Mandatory safeguarding training as governed by relevant legislative guidance

Internal safeguarding training/workshops

External safeguarding training

Safeguarding supervision/de briefs

This robust framework is also reflected for our dedicated workforce, whose welfare and wellbeing are also of upmost importance. Within the organisation we have the following in place: 

A Learning & Development and Employee Wellbeing Manager 

We are a member of the Compassionate Employees Programme run by Hospice UK

Mental Health First Aiders

Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) managers and practitioners

Our Safeguarding Team

Lisa Dennis

Director of Care

Geraldine Sheedy

Head of Hospice Services and CQC Registered Manager

Sarah Hodkinson

Head of Psychosocial Services

Hayley Burton

Social Worker

Francesca Booth

Social Worker

Alison Wlltshire

Social Worker