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Sheffield Children’s statement on former employee

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06 July 2021

Sheffield Children’s has been informed that a former employee has been sentenced for possession of indecent images.

Sally Shearer, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “We’re really sorry that this person was employed at Sheffield Children’s. We have high standards as an organisation and expect all colleagues to align with our behaviours and values. He was immediately removed from his role in 2019 when concerns were identified. We can reassure families that he wasn’t working in wards or cubicle spaces and posed no risk to children in our care. There is no suggestion that any of the images were taken on our site, or that they in any way involve our patients. All colleagues have a DBS and reference check prior to starting work with us and we constantly review our processes to ensure they are as robust as they can be.

If you are concerned about anything at Sheffield Children’s, please report immediately to the nearest member of staff if you are on the premises. Alternatively, please contact sheffield.childrenshospital@nhs.net and they will share the information and respond between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Further children’s safeguarding information for the city can also be found at https://www.safeguardingsheffieldchildren.org/sscb/parents-carers/what-to-do-if-you-are-concerned-about-a-child

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