Children have the right to grow up safe from harm. It is not acceptable for anyone to treat a child in a way that makes them unhappy and that will affect their future wellbeing and quality of life.
What is Safeguarding Children?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015′ sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children.
What are the CCGs responsibilities in Safeguarding Children?
CCGs are the major commissioners of local health services and are legally responsible for assuring themselves that the organisations from which they commission services have effective safeguarding arrangements in place.
They have to demonstrate that there are appropriate systems in place for discharging their responsibilities in respect of safeguarding children, including;
- Plans to train their staff in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues.
- A clear line of accountability for safeguarding, properly reflected in the CCG governance arrangements.
- Appropriate arrangements to co-operate with local authorities in the operation of Local Safeguarding Children Boards.
- Ensuring effective arrangements for information sharing- the training brochure for our practices can be found here- Middlesbrough Redcar and Cleveland SCBs Training Brochure April 15 to M…
- Securing the expertise of designated doctors and nurses for safeguarding children and for looked after children and a designated paediatrician for unexpected deaths in childhood.
How does the CCG discharge its responsibilities to safeguard children?
The CCG employs a Designated Doctor and a Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children and Looked After Children to provide Safeguarding Children expertise to the CCG.
The CCG is represented at Executive Level at Safeguarding Children’s Boards by the Executive Nurse and Designated Professionals.
The Designated Professionals work closely with a range of professionals to make sure that when a child is identified at being at risk of abuse, systems and processes are in place to offer help as soon as possible.
– for example:
- Health visitors
- Mental health services
- Early-years professionals
- Police officers
- Youth workers
- Voluntary workers
- Social workers
The Designated Nurse also:
- Supports NHS England Area Team in their role as commissioners of primary care to “drive up quality of safeguarding children practice in primary care”.
- Provides expertise, support and supervision across the health economy within Teesside.
- Provides professional advice, expertise and guidance to support effective commissioning arrangements for Looked After Children.
- Monitors adherence to statutory requirements, CQC and the commissioners specific standards relating to the safeguarding children across commissioned provider services.
- Attends Tees Wide Multi agency groups providing health expertise across the Tees area.
Family and Environmental Factors
Lots of parents and carers can experience difficulties themselves. Sometimes as a result of these difficulties this can mean that they are not able to care for their children effectively or safely.
Children can be more vulnerable when they live in a home where there is:
- Drug misuse.
- Parental alcohol misuse.
- Domestic violence and abuse.
- A parent with a significant mental health problem.
What should you do if you have concerns for the safety of a child?
If you are concerned that a child is at immediate risk of significant harm you should call the police – Dial 999.
If your concerns are not immediate but you believe a child/ young person may be at risk you should contact the Children’s Social Care (CSC) department in the area in which the child/young person lives. Below is a list of contact details of the Local Authority CSC departments covering the South Tees CCG locality.
When calling CSC be prepared to give as much information as you possibly can. The following information will help the duty Social Worker in their assessment of what action is required;
- The name and address of the child(ren)for whom you have a concern.
- Any details you may have about parents/carers.
- Be clear about why you are concerned including how immediate you think the risk may be.
During working hours:
Middlesbrough Wellbeing Care & Learning Department
8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Tel: 01642 726004
Out of hours:
Emergency Duty Team
Tel: 08702 40299
In an emergency contact the Police on: 01642 326326
REDCAR AND CLEVELAND
During working hours:
The First Contact Team
Redcar & Cleveland Childrens Services
Redcar & Cleveland
Tel: 01642 771500
Out of hours:
Emergency Duty Team
Tel: 08702 402994
In an emergency contact the Police on:
Tel: 01642 326326
For further information please refer to:
Childline – 0800 1111
Please view South Tees CCG Safeguarding Policies.