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, if they have caring responsibilities or in the wider community.

How to make a referral

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 children’s services for the area they are in.

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In office hours call the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 470 9100.  Out of hours urgent referrals can be made to the Emergency Duty Team 01483 517 898. More info: Surrey County Council


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The Surrey Safeguarding Children Board is a partnership of all the different organisations working to protect children and young people across the county. More info: Surrey Safeguarding Children Board


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In office hours call Hantsdirect on 0845 603 5620 or email childrens.services@hants.gov.uk. Out of hours urgent referrals can be made to the Emergency Duty Team on 0845 600 4555. More info: Hampshire County Council


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Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) is the key statutory body overseeing multi-agency child safeguarding arrangements across Hampshire (excluding Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight). More info: Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board


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Contact: 02087 266 400 (24 Hours). More info: Croydon Safeguarding Children Board


If it is an EMERGENCY and a child is in immediate danger dial 999 or for all non emergencies contact 101.


Surrey and Borders Safeguarding Children Policy.

Compliance with NHS Improvement requirements for Safeguarding Children Oct 2009

NHS Improvement, 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. 

Child protection and the safeguarding of children is a high priority at Surrey and Borders. Following our assessment, the Trust Board agreed at a meeting held on Wednesday 21 October 2009 that it has received assurances that the organisations 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
  • The Board 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.

Fiona Edwards 
Chief Executive 
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust