Safeguarding children

Children have the right to grow up safe from harm. It’s not acceptable for anyone to treat a child in a way that makes them unhappy and that will affect their future well-being and quality of life.

Safeguarding children and adults strategy

What is ‘safeguarding chlidren’?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.

Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children.

What are the CCG’s responsibilities in safeguarding children?

CCGs are the major commissioners of local health services and are legally responsible for assuring themselves that the organisations from which they commission services have effective safeguarding arrangements in place.

They have to demonstrate that there are appropriate systems in place for discharging their responsibilities in respect of safeguarding children, including:

  • Plans to train their staff in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues
  • A clear line of accountability for safeguarding, properly reflected in the CCG governance arrangements
  • Appropriate arrangements to co-operate with local authorities in the operation of Local Safeguarding Children Boards
  • Ensuring effective arrangements for information sharing
  • Securing the expertise of designated doctors and nurses for safeguarding children and for looked after children and a designated paediatrician for unexpected deaths in childhood

How does the CCG discharge its responsibilities to safeguard children?

The CCG employs a designated doctor and a designated nurse for safeguarding children and looked after children to provide safeguarding children expertise to the CCG.

The CCG is represented at executive level at both Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees Safeguarding Children’s Boards by the executive nurse and designated professional.

The designated professionals work closely with a range of professionals to make sure that when a child is identified at being at risk of abuse, systems and processes are in place to offer help as soon as possible. For example:

  • Midwives
  • Health visitors
  • GPs
  • Mental health services
  • Early-years professionals
  • Teachers
  • Police officers
  • Youth workers
  • Voluntary workers
  • Social workers

The designated nurse also:

  • Supports NHS England Area Team in their role as commissioners of primary care to”drive up quality of safeguarding children practice in primary care”
  • Provides expertise, support and supervision across the health economy within Teesside
  • Provides professional advice, expertise and guidance to support effective commissioning arrangements for Looked After Children
  • Monitors adherence to statutory requirements, CQC and the commissioners specific standards relating to the safeguarding children across commissioned provider services
  • Attends Tees Wide Multi agency groups providing healthexpertise across the Tees area

Family and Environmental Factors

Lots of parents and carers can experience difficulties themselves. Sometimes as a result of these difficulties this can mean that they are not able to care for their children effectively or safely.

Children can be more vulnerable when they live in a home where there is:

  • Drug misuse
  • Parental alcohol misuse
  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • A parent with a significant mental health problem

What should you do if you have concerns for the safety of a child?

If you’re concerned that a child is at immediate risk of significant harm you should call the police – dial 999.

If your concerns are not immediate but you believe a child/young person may be at risk you should contact the Children’s Social Care (CSC) department in the area in which the child/young person lives.

Below is a list of contact details of the Local Authority CSC departments covering our locality.

When calling CSC be prepared to give as much information as you possibly can. The following information will help the duty Social Worker in their assessment of what action is required:

  • The name and address of the child(ren)for whom you have a concern
  • Any details you may have about parents/carers
  • Be clear about why you are concerned including how immediate you think the risk may be
Stockton on Tees  Hartlepool 
 During working hours:

Tel: 01642 527764

First Contact
Tithebarn House
High Newham Road
Stockton-on-Tees
TS19 8RH

Out of hours: Emergency Duty Team
Tel: 08702 40299

During working hours:

Tel: 01429 28428

First Contact & Support Hub
Civic Centre
Victoria Road
Hartlepool
TS24 8AY

Out of hours: Emergency Duty Team
Tel: 08702 402994

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