PERFORMANCE: Humber NHS Foundation Trust has completed ’85 per cent’ of measures demanded by NHS inspectors to improve care for looked after children.

Safeguarding service manager Beverley Smith said the changes include a ‘rolling programme’ to update records relating to children with mental health problems and ‘quality assuring of all safeguarding referrals.’

There has also been a training package for practitioners to help them deal with issues such as domestic violence and substance misuse, plus a referral pathway involving GPs and school nurses, minor injury units and A&E to help young people with drug and alcohol problems.

The changes are in response to a Care Quality Commission review of services relating to safeguarding and looked after children from December 2013.