Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding and protecting children, young people, vulnerable adults, and visitors from harm is a very high priority for staff at James Hopkins Trust and plays a large part in everything we do.

We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and promote that it is everybody’s business to recognise those who may be vulnerable and need support or intervention.

Child protection is the process of protecting individual children identified as either suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm because of abuse; physical, sexual abuse or emotional abuse or neglect.

It is the collective responsibility of the entire team to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our care.

James Hopkins Trust Gloucester Safeguarding

Safeguarding Framework

What We Have In Place

  • Designated Safeguarding and PREVENT Leads (DSL)
  • Safer Recruitment; including enhanced DBS checks


  • All staff receive an introduction to Safeguarding as part of their induction
  • All staff and Trustee’s complete Level 3 child and adult Safeguarding and PREVENT e-learning
  • All staff involved in recruitment complete Safer Recruitment e-learning
  • Designated Safeguarding Leads undertake Level 4 Safeguarding and PREVENT training

Organisational Representation

  • Designated Safeguarding and PREVENT Lead
    • Nursing Manager
  • Designated Safeguarding and PREVENT Deputies
    • Trust Director & Registered Care Manager
    • Senior Nurses
    • Play Leader
  • Trustee – Consultant Paediatrician


What We Do

  • Safeguarding is an agenda item at the weekly Nursing Management Team meeting
  • Safeguarding is part of the fixed agenda for every Trust Senior Management Team meeting
  • Quarterly Safeguarding updates are provided as part of the Nursing Team meeting
  • Safeguarding is a standard agenda item at the Board of Trustee meeting

Safeguarding Process

  • Recognise
  • Respond
  • Refer
  • Record
  • Review

For further information please contact one of the designated safeguarding leads.




  • Safeguarding policies and procedures are reviewed and updated on a regular basis
  • Disclosure and Barring Service checks are completed on all staff and volunteers who have direct contact with children and families
  • Staff and volunteers are provided with mandatory safeguarding training at appropriate levels and are fully aware of how to respond to any concerns
  • Safeguarding is discussed at meetings and one-to-ones at every level, from individual supervision to Senior Management Meetings, to Trustee meetings.
  • James Hopkins Trust have Designated Safeguarding Leads who take on the responsibility for promoting good practice, providing guidance for staff and volunteers as well as liaison with external professionals as required regarding any safeguarding issues

In line with the Children Act 2004 and Working Together to Safeguard Children , James Hopkins Trust works in partnership with other agencies such as local statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure continuity of care, encourage information sharing, and develop and sustain good working practices

Our Safeguarding Team meet monthly, to review all concerns and ensure that policies, procedures, and training are discussed and reviewed

We have a Designated Safeguarding Trustee who oversees policies, procedure, and practice within the organisation.

Meet the safeguarding team

Michele Shepherd

Michele Shepherd

Nursing Manager

Sarah James

Sarah James

Trust Director

Joanne Bowden

Joanne Bowden

Play Leader

To view our Safeguarding Children Policy please click the link below.

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