Child protection is the responsibility of all staff working for Ashford and St Peter’s Trust. This guideline has been written in accordance with the recommendations and requirements of ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (July 2018). It is the robust and consistent implementation of these policies and procedures which keeps children and young people safe (Laming 2009).

A child is defined as anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday including the unborn (Children Act 1989).



The aim of this guideline is that all Trust staff will be able to, within their working role, recognise any child where there is a safeguarding concern and respond appropriately. Trust staff need to be aware of their responsibility in the management of a child where a safeguarding concern has been recognised and ensure that all affected children receive appropriate and timely therapeutic and preventative interventions.


Policy Details

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Compiled by: Sarah-Jane Legg, Named Midwife for Safeguarding and Vulnerable Women
Ratified by: Safeguarding Committee
Date Ratified: September 2023
Date Issued: November 2023
Review Date: September 2026
Target Audience: All staff members
Contact name: Sarah-Jane Legg, Named Midwife for Safeguarding and Vulnerable Women


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This policy should be used in conjunction with the Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (SSCP) procedures


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