SAFEGUARDING

The abuse of children can have a devastating and lifelong effect on all victims including family members and carers. CAMHS are committed to preventing, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people who are at risk of abuse.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and all professionals have a legal duty to protect children from abuse (regulation 15 Health and Social Care Act (2008)(regulations 2014). If you suspect or are concerned that a child may be being abused (physical, emotional, sexual or neglect) it is your duty as a professional to report this and not assume someone else will do it instead, even if referring on to another agency. Therefore, if you are concerned about a child or young person, you should always report your concerns.

If it is an emergency situation call 999.

If there is no immediate danger to the child, or if you need some advice or information, you can contact the Children Services Customer Service Centre (CSC) on 01522 782111. If it is outside normal office hours you can contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 01522 782333.

TOOTOOT – safeguarding for schools made simple.

If you work in a school you may be interested in the TOOT TOOT scheme.

Tootoot gives students a safe voice to be able to report incidents of bullying, cyber bullying, racism, extremism, radicalisation, sexism, mental health and self-harm directly to their place of learning. Tootoot gives students an alternative way to disclose their concerns when they are unable to do so face-to-face.

When a student sends a message to their school’s tootoot, designated staff members are instantly notified and staff are then able to reply directly to their student’s report. Notifications save time and ensure staff members only interact with the system when notified.

www.tootoot.co.uk