The Trust has a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people (Children Act, 2004). This Safeguarding Children Policy outlines corporate and individual responsibilities in accordance with legislation, guidance and professional standards.
This policy details the principles and standards for all health professionals working with children and families to safeguard children who may be in need or at risk of abuse or neglect. A child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday and includes the unborn child.
This Policy applies to all substantive and temporary staff who have contractual obligations to the Trust, it also covers all those working in a voluntary capacity within the organisation. This is inclusive of all staff that work predominantly or completely with adults.
This policy applies to all children from unborn up to eighteen years of age, whether the children are service users of the Trust in their own right or children cared for by service users who are receiving services from the Trust.
|Compiled by:||Elaine Welch, Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children|
|Ratified by:||Safeguarding Committee|
|Date Ratified:||December 2021|
|Date Issued:||December 2021|
|Review Date:||December 2024|
|Target Audience:||All Staff|
|Contact name:||The Safeguarding Committee Group|
This policy should be used in conjunction with the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) procedures.