Tuesday, 22 June 2021
South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust’s Adolescent Outreach Team is celebrating today (22 June) after being hailed as Safeguarding Stars by NHS England.
The Trust’s Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children, Frankie Campbell, who nominated the team said: “I nominated the team because they do amazing work with the most vulnerable children in South West London. They have had some incredibly challenging situations, every year and especially this year during the pandemic. They are tireless and really live Trust and NHS values. They always put the children first and go the extra mile to meet their needs. Feedback that I have had from our young people has been overwhelmingly positive with many telling me how working with the Adolescent Outreach Team was life changing for them. One young person told me she still missed the team, and would always be grateful for their support at a time of intense personal crisis in her life.”
Team manager, Kay Haynes, said: “We are all extremely pleased to have been recognised in this way. Young people and their families have had a really difficult time with many normal day to day safeguards not in place due to Covid restrictions during the pandemic. To try and help with this, the team remained as a face to face working service. We thought about activities during this time and we decided to do a project to get feedback stories to share with other young people and carers that were referred to our service. It is a huge leap of faith coming under the care of a service like ours particularly when things are so acute and as a family you are in crisis, and we hope that through sharing experiences this will give new people referred to the service increased confidence in what we offer.”
Presenting the award, NHS England’s National Head of Safeguarding, Kenny Gibson, said: “ Massive congratulations to the team. The stories that we heard and the feedback from young people was very humbling to hear and I was greatly struck by the way the team support each other; this has been so important for during Covid.”