An exploration of support systems for nursing staff working in safeguarding children

Joanne Newman, Jacqueline Vasey

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Abstract

Aim
To explore the experiences of nurses undertaking safeguarding children work in a district general hospital.
Method
A phenomenological study using semi-structured interviews was undertaken and the data thematically reviewed. The study recruited eight participants (n=8) who were hospital based nurses.
Findings
The study identified the significant emotional impact of safeguarding work being experienced by nurses. Without support this impact can be long lasting and adversely affect staff. Nurses access a number of individual support systems in relation to safeguarding children work.
Conclusion
To support nurses, an understanding and acceptance of the impact of their safeguarding children work is required. Safeguarding children work is emotive and has lasting effects for individuals, therefore managers are required to promote access to systems of support and eliminate the barriers which can prevent nurses accessing this support.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing children and young people
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Jul 2019

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