Safeguarding Children

What is safeguarding children?
What is child protection?
What is child abuse?
Multi-agency safeguarding children arrangements
What is a vulnerable child?
How do I make a child protection referral?
Shropshire CCG's Safeguarding Children Policy

Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of children and young people who access services that it commissions.  As a member of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and in line with multi-agency West Mercia safeguarding policy and procedures, Shropshire CCG ensures that staff have appropriate policies, procedures, training and access to expert advice to ensure that children and young people at risk are identified and, where appropriate, a referral is made to Children’s Social Care. 

What is ‘safeguarding children’?

Definition of a child: Someone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) statutory guidance and The Children Act (2004) defines safeguarding children as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children's health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.

What is child protection?

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare.  This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are at risk of suffering, significant harm.

What is child abuse?

Child abuse is a form of maltreatment of a child.  Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm.  Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting by those known to them or, more rarely, by others (e.g. via the internet).  They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.

Download Shropshire's Safeguarding Children Board's poster 
What is abuse and how to recognise the signs [pdf] 3MB

Multi-agency safeguarding children arrangements

The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is a multi-agency forum which includes statutory members including the Local Authority, CCGs, Police, Probation, NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts.  The Chair of the LSCB is independent and Shropshire CCG has representation from the Executive Leads and the Designated Professionals. 

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What is a vulnerable child?

Definition of a vulnerable child:

Any child under the age of 18 including the unborn baby can suffer from abuse.  However some children are more vulnerable than others.  Whilst the list is not exhaustive, risk factors include:

  • “Looked after” children, those already in the care system (and care leavers)
  • Children under the age of five
  • Children with disabilities
  • Homeless children
  • Teenage mothers
  • Children in custodial settings
  • Children who live with parental drug and alcohol abuse or domestic violence.

If you become concerned that a child may have been or is at risk of being abused, you should make a referral to Children’s Social Care (Social Services).

Urgent action to safeguard the child must be taken if the child is deemed to be in immediate danger (e.g. where appropriate dial 999 and contact the police).

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How do I make a child protection referral?

To make a formal referral or to ask for advice contact:

Contact details for child protection referrals and advice
  Shropshire

Telford and Wrekin

Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm Initial Contact Team
0345 678 9021
Family Connect
01952 385385
Out of hours 0345 678 9040 01952 676500

For further guidance and access to the West Mercia Inter Agency Child Protection Procedures, follow the links below:

Shropshire CCG's Safeguarding Children Policy

The CCG's Safeguarding Children Commissioning Policy can be accessed on the Our Policies web page.

If you have concerns for a vulnerable adult, please refer to the Safeguarding Adults webpage.
 

Useful Links

Go to the website for Shropshire's Safeguarding Children Board to access information and inter-agency child protection procedures.