A child is anyone under 18 years old. Children’s vulnerability varies with age and development but all children deserve to be healthy, safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing.
Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or neglect and can happen in the child’s home, at school or in the wider community.
If you have any concerns because you think that a child might be being abused and you want to talk to someone or ask someone to find out what is going on, you should contact the Children’s Services Department for the area they are in.
Surrey County Council
Hampshire County Council
If it is an EMERGENCY and a child is in immediate danger dial 999
Monitor, the independent regulator for NHS Foundation Trusts, requires all NHS Foundation Trusts to publish a statement of assurance that it has the necessary arrangements in place around safeguarding children to register with the Care Quality Commission in April 2010.
Chid protection and the safeguarding of children is considered of the highest priority at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Following our assessment, the Trust Board agreed at a meeting held on Wednesday 21 October 2009 that it has received assurances that the organisation meets the following criteria:
statutory requirement around criminal records bureau checks;
child protection policies and systems are up-to-date and robust;
safeguarding children training is in place with systems to monitor compliance;
the Trust has identified roles and responsibilities for named professionals;
there is a Board level executive on safeguarding children; and
that the Board itself receives regular reports on safeguarding arrangements within the Trust.
Our staff are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children and I can confirm that the necessary arrangements are in place.
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust