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Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
We are committed to, and have a legal responsibility to safeguard all vulnerable and at risk patients who use our services. The term safeguarding means protecting from harm. It is that which enables an at-risk child, young person or adult to live an independent life free from abuse and neglect. Safeguarding is about giving people dignity and choice. It is about preventing abuse and neglect. It is about working in multi-agency partnership to respond to concerns and promote good practice.
We strive to work with you and your family to address any concerns you have. The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has strong links with many other professional services that are available to you, such as social services, community teams, learning disability teams.Once you are discharged, we still have a responsibility to you; we work collaboratively to make sure you're safe at home.
If you have a safeguarding concern please speak to a staff member.
The voice of the patient is very important and we will hear what the patient is saying whether that is a child, young person or adult.

There are many resources available for you to look at, with lots of information about safeguarding please click on the links below to access them

Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Safeguarding Leads

Our safeguarding leads will support and advise you. Here’s how to contact them:

Evelyn O Kane
Safeguarding Lead Nurse and Matron
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Rebecca Furnival
Named Safeguarding Nurse

Our 8 commitments to safeguarding

Have a safe and effective workforce
  • Mandatory training
  • Clinical supervision guidelines
  • Protected time
Ensure safeguarding is given high priority
  • Safeguarding included in all job descriptions and contracts
  • Designated staff
  • Executive and Non-Executive walk-abouts and assurance visits
Making safeguarding personal; the voice of adults and children
  • Listening to the patients and carers about their experience of safeguarding
  • Making information easy to access for all staff
  • Sharing good news stories
Responsive to changes in safeguarding legislation requirements
  • Care Act information to be circulated to all staff
  • Amend safeguarding policies
  • Regular reporting to CCG
Work in partnership to deliver effective safeguarding externally and internally
  • Trust representation at safeguarding Children Board and Safeguarding Adult Board
  • Trust responsive to participate in Serious Case Reviews and domestic homicide reviews
  • Active participation in CQC action plan group
Effective system for reporting, prevention, reporting, recording and learning
  • Review of safeguarding incidents reporting and feedback to reporter and wider team
  • Trust responsive to findings and recommendations from Savile enquiry
  • Safeguarding database maintained
  • Proactive in taking learning disabilities care forward
  • Training for staff on disabilities awareness
Link with BCH to help educate staff and assist in patient needs access
  • Close partnership working with local health facilitation team, community team for learning disabilities
Improve awareness and practice with regard to female genital mutilation and domestic violence
  • Raise awareness of FGM among staff
  • FGM and DV included in training
  • Additional training delivered

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking statement

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist elective hospital in Birmingham. Further details about our work can be found on our website.

Current policies and initiatives

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital supports the Government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking and recognises the significant role that NHS providers play in both combatting it and supporting victims. This is part of our safeguarding strategy and arrangements.

Modern slavery is a hidden crime that encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. We are committed to ensuring that all of our employees are aware of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and their safeguarding duty to protect and prevent any further harm, and abuse when it is identified or suspected that the individual may be or is at risk of modern slavery/human trafficking.

We are committed to ensuring that no modern slavery or human trafficking takes place in any part of our business or our Supply chain.

This statement sets out actions taken by The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital to understand all potential modern day slavery and human trafficking risks and to implement effective systems and controls. In particular, we ensure our supply chains and business activities are free from ethical and labour standards abuses.

Steps taken to date include:


  • We confirm the identities of all new employees and their right to work in the United Kingdom
  • Our Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, Contact Officers, and Grievance Policies additionally provide a platform for our employees to raise concerns about poor working practices.
  • We use social media to raise awareness of safeguarding practices with internal and external stakeholders
  • We deliver comprehensive training to our staff on how to identify and support victims of human trafficking
  • We are working collaboratively with local providers and our safeguarding board to coordinate our efforts and create a network of support

Procurement and our supply chain

  • Our procurement approach follows the Crown Commercial Service standard and includes a mandatory exclusion question regarding the Modern Slavery Act (2015).
  • When procuring goods and services, we additionally apply NHS Terms and Conditions (for non-clinical procurement) and the NHS Standard Contract (for clinical procurement). Both require suppliers to comply with relevant legislation.

Review of effectiveness

In 2021/22, our anti-slavery programme will also:

  • Continue to support our staff to understand and respond to modern slavery and human trafficking, and the impact that each, and every individual working in the NHS can have in keeping present and potential future victims of modern slavery and human trafficking safe.
  • Safeguarding training is mandatory for all staff and includes information on trafficking and modern day slavery in order to promote the knowledge and understanding of escalating concerns via the Home Office national referral mechanism/duty to notify process.
  • Ensure our staff have access to training, supported by Health Education England (HEE), on how to identify those who are victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. This training will include the latest information and will help staff develop the skills to support individuals who come into contact with health services
  • Review all of our safeguarding policies and training programmes to ensure that Modern Day Slavery and human trafficking reflect potential requirements in pending reforms relating to the pre-criminal needs of people involved in human trafficking and modern slavery.

Garry Marsh
Executive Director of Patient Services, Governance and DIPC
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
July 2021

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015