Health and Community Services Complaints Commission Report on Investigation of Royal Darwin Hospital Security Arrangements for the protection of Children and Infants Paediatric Ward 5B Volume 1
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56. HCSCC Q19: During staff induction to the Paediatric Ward, or at any time, are staff provided with a copy of the Safety Policy? Are records kept to record that staff have received such documents? RDH response: Clarification is required on question Safety Policy. Possibly the document referred to is one that is currently in draft form and not complete and to which the CNM was preparing to include additional information re: environmental security specific to units. Attachment 1625. HCSCC Comment: The draft Safety Policy referred to by the HCSCC is titled Child Safety Within The Paediactric (sic Paediatric) Units. This is the same Policy document that the CNC reported on during inspection, and that was provided by RDH in their response (titled attachment 16). The CNC advised that 3 months prior to November 2007 the Policy was drafted, but she could not find a copy on the ward. The comment by the CNC was that the policy may have been taken by someone to photocopy. It is the view of this Office that the Paediatric Units child safety policy is not provided to staff during induction, and other than the copy that should be kept at the nursing station staff do not appear to be provided with such document. It is inconceivable that a policy still in draft as at February 2008 is being provided to staff during induction. Of more importance When will this draft Safety Policy be completed? How much importance is being placed on child safety? Why was such a Policy not compiled prior to the rape of the infant in March 2006 and not completed but still in draft in August 2007 (17 months after that rape)? Why two years and five months after the assault is the Paediatric Safety Policy still in draft format? On 9 July 2008 this Office requested access to the Royal Darwin Hospital Policy and Procedure Manual (the Manual). A CD with the Manual was received on 31 July 2008. This Manual does not appear to have any Policy or Procedure that is titled Security, Safety or Paediatrics. There is a reference to Children leaving the Hospital Campus effective November 2006 review date May 2008. This policy refers to obtaining written consent from a parent/guardian before staff remove a child from the hospital campus. HCSCC Q20: During staff induction, or at any other time, are all staff provided with a copy of the document titled Security and Access to Paediatric Units at Royal Darwin Hospital? Are records kept to record that staff have received those documents and when? RDH response: No. 25 Volume 2.
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