GOSH statement regarding media stories about a former member of staff

Following stories in the media about a former member of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) staff, we want to share what we can and let you know how we are keeping everyone at the hospital safe. 

These are truly awful charges and we know that our hospital community, including our patient families, will have concerns or questions. 

Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, we cannot go into the details of the case, but we can confirm that the individual who has been charged was dismissed from the Trust and we are continuing to work closely with the police. 

Safeguarding children is fundamental to the care we provide and our policies are in line with national best practice. 

All members of staff employed by the hospital are required to carry out safeguarding training appropriate to their role and we have a dedicated team who are the point of contact for all safeguarding concerns and referrals. 

If patients, their families or colleagues raise concerns about staff there is a clear and swift process to manage these concerns when they are raised. This includes involving the police where needed. 

We understand that people may have concerns related to this issue. The NSPCC has set up a helpline available on 0800 101 996 or email help@nspcc.org.uk 

Also access our website page which lists the full NSPCC helpline details and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service. 

As we have said before, as this is an ongoing police investigation, we are not able to say anything further at this current time for legal reasons.