The Ardens Safeguarding Templates allow the user to record general and risk assessment data and to document concerns about a patient in their care, following the latest NICE guidance.
The available Safeguarding Templates include:
- Adult Safeguarding
- Child Safeguarding
- Domestic Violence template
The Adult Safeguarding Template facilitates the recording of a general assessment, a review of capacity, the documentation of safeguarding risk factors and concerns, as well as any referrals that are made.
The Child Safeguarding Template gives details on the recognition and management of child maltreatment, allows for the recording of social and risk factors, general information about a child’s health and wellbeing, other agencies involved, and guidance on management and reporting of all concerns. The template also allows for the adding or removing of child safeguarding / protection codes to the patient record.
The Domestic Violence template provides background information for the term ‘domestic abuse’. It facilitates reassuring the patient around confidentiality, recording of the type of domestic abuse, social history, examination, and management.
All the templates include body maps, the Safeguarding templates also include pages for Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Female Genital Mutilation. Please note - Ardens also has a separate template for FGM if required.
The Safeguarding Templates are located in the Ardens Live Toolset > Consultation Templates > Safeguarding Folder.
Access the template in one of the following ways:
- Click on the Run Template option within the consultation.
- Click on the Add > Data using Template option outside of a consultation.
Clicking on either of the options above will display the Template Picker screen.
Search for a 'Safeguarding' template using the search box provided or via the navigation pane. Select the template and click on OK.
The example below shows the Child Safeguarding Template.
The template has been broken down by pages on the left-hand side. Navigate to the page required.
The Recognition 1 and Recognition 2 pages include detailed information on how to recognise potential child maltreatment, as well as a useful link to NICE guidance.
The Consultation page allows for the recording of the consultation and it also include a Body Map which can be easily annotated.
The Cause for concern codes page allows for the coding of both non-specific and specific causes for concern, as well as the coding of a child already identified as a cause for concern before birth.
The Management page includes guidance on actions to take and what to document when a possibility of child maltreatment is being considered.
The Coding (safeguarding in LAC) page allows for the coding of a child subject to safeguarding or Look After Child proceedings; to categorise the protection needs applicable, or to add the child to the Child Protection register. EMIS Web will add child protection flags to the patient demographics bar for these codes. You can remove the flags using the removal codes on this page.
Complete the template using the required fields and ensure you save the information, using the Save option.
If using the template via the Run Template option within an open consultation, you will also need to click Save to save the consultation.
Ardens has created document templates for Child Safeguarding letters and reports, such as a Child in Need GP Report, or a Looked After Child Report, for example. You can read more about these document templates here.
The Ardens Safeguarding searches, will support practices in identifying potential safeguarding patients and produces a register of the practices safeguarding patients. The searches are accessible in Population Reporting, with a support article about them here.
If you require any further assistance on the process above, please contact Ardens support on: firstname.lastname@example.org