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Safeguarding Children

ACE has a Safeguarding Team who ensure that all ACE staff have the appropriate training and support to Safeguard the children and families who access our services.

If you are concerned that a child or young person is being harmed, neglected or is at risk you should contact:

Essex Social Care on 0345 603 7627.

Out of hours: (5.30pm - 9.00am Monday - Thursday, 4.30pm-9.00am - Friday and Bank holidays) Telephone: 0345 606 1212

https://www.essexeffectivesupport.org.uk

If you need to contact the ACE Safeguarding team:

Lead for Safeguarding Children: Nicola Peterson

Telephone: 01206 833081

For any safeguarding correspondence:  acecic.safechild@nhs.net

Statutory duty

There is a statutory duty under the Children Act 2004 for the NHS along with other key agencies to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children

“Safeguarding children - the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.”

This statutory guidance states some key principles:

  • The child’s needs are paramount, and the needs and wishes of each child, be they a baby or infant, or an older child, should be put first, so that every child receives the support they need before a problem escalates;
  • All professionals who come into contact with children and families are alert to their needs and any risks of harm that individual abusers, or potential abusers, may pose to children;
  • All professionals share appropriate information in a timely way and can discuss any concerns about an individual child with colleagues and local authority children’s social care

The Safeguarding Team are also responsible for ensuring that all ACE Policies and Procedures comply with National and Local legislation and Guidance.

Who do we share your information with?

ACE Professionals will share your child’s health information (with your consent) with GP’s; Health Visitor’s; School Nurse’s and any other Health Professional involved in your child’s care.

If we have concerns around the safety or welfare of your child we will discuss these concerns with you and request your consent to refer you and your child/ren to Children’s Social Care in order for them to offer you care and support.

However, if we believe your child your child has suffered harm we will inform you of our concerns and will submit an urgent referral Children’s Social Care with or without your consent.

Who may share your information with us?

  • Police
  • Social Care
  • Other Health Professionals

 

Safeguarding Themes

Domestic Abuse

If an ACE staff member identifies or suspects that a patient is a victim of DA then they will endeavour to support the victim to access advice and support.

However, if an ACE Staff member identifies that a child is living in a home where there is Domestic Abuse then they will need to refer the family to Children’s Social Care to ensure that they are offered protection and support as the child will be suffering Emotional Harm and may at risk of Physical Harm.

Female Genital Mutilation(FGM)

“Comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or injury to the female genital organs for non medical reasons”.

Under the Mandatory Reporting Duty if an ACE staff member identifies that a child has undergone FGM they will contact both the Police and Children’s Social Care.

If an ACE staff member believes that a child is at risk of FGM they will contact Children’s Social Care to ensure that they are offered protection and support.

If a woman has undergone FGM ACE staff will support them to receive the appropriate level of specialist healthcare and support.

Radicalisation

If an ACE staff member believes that a child is at risk of Radicalisation then they will be required under the Prevent Strategy to refer to the Police and Social Care to ensure that they are offered protection and support.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity in exchange for:

something the victim needs or wants,

and/or for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.

The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual.

If an ACE staff member believes that a child is a victim of or at risk of CSE then they will they will discuss their concerns with the parent and refer to Social Care to ensure that they are offered protection and support.

Forced Marriage

Forced Marriage is where one or both parties do not consent or, in cases with those with disabilities, cannot consent.

It is illegal in the UK.

It is recognised as a form of violence against women and men.

It is a serious breach of an individuals Human Rights.

The Government has a FM Unit (FMU) and they have the power to implement FM orders via the Civil Courts.

If an ACE staff member believes that a child or parent is a victim of Forced Marriage then they will refer to Children’s Social Care and possibly the Police to ensure that they are offered protection and support. 

Modern Slavery

Encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. Traffickers and slave drivers coerce, deceive and force individuals against their will into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.

If an ACE staff member believes that a child or parent is a victim of Modern Slavery then they will be required under the Modern Slavery Strategy to refer to the Police and Social Care to ensure that they are offered protection and support.

Or the Internet Watch Foundation. Or report anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555111.

If an ACE staff member believes that a child is a victim of online abuse or exploitation then they will discuss their concerns with the parent and refer to Social Care to ensure that they are offered protection and support.

Support and Information:

Directory of Services available for Children and Families across Essex is available via:

www.essexeffectivesupport.org.uk

www.escb.co.uk

www.nspcc.org.uk

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