Safeguarding children is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment.
- Preventing impairment of child’s health and development.
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
- Enabling children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
Child Protection is part of safeguarding and the Safeguarding Children team aims to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people through provision of training and supervision.
This is to support staff in the organisation to identify risk in order to protect children who are suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm and support them to take the appropriate action to safeguard children.
We recognise and acknowledge the importance of supporting our staff who work with children and young people.
The team supports Bridgewater staff through the delivery of training and supervision sessions, ensuring quality of delivery of service and development of a confident capable workforce.
The team assist in the co-ordination and sharing of health information with partner agencies to maximise the support to families within safeguarding processes to ensure children and young people are appropriately safeguarded.
Are you a healthcare professional concerned about a child?
If you are a professional and come into contact with children as part of your work, or as a volunteer, you have a statutory duty and responsibility to safeguard children and therefore report any allegations or concerns about the welfare and safety of a child.
If you have concerns you can contact the Safeguarding Children Nursing Team for Warrington on 01925 867877.
Remember protecting children is everybody’s business
- Adults have a responsibility to report abuse
- Consider offering some support if you are worried
- If in doubt share your concerns about children
- Reporting concerns rarely leads to a child being removed
- Act now – long term abuse is damaging for children
If you believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk, this should be reported without delay to the police service as a 999 emergency.
Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding children, not just professionals.
If you have concerns that a child needs a service, or needs help and support in some way, there are people who can help.
Useful Contacts to report or discuss concerns:
- Warrington Borough Council Duty & Assessment Team can be contacted on 01925 443400
- Police 111 or 999 in an emergency