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Safeguarding children

Safeguarding 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. Within the law a child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th Birthday

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Working Together 2013 as:

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

For children who need additional help, every day matters. Academic research is consistent in underlining the damage to children from delaying intervention. The actions taken by professionals to meet the needs of these children as early as possible can be critical to their future.

Professionals must share appropriate information in a timely way and can discuss any concerns about an individual child with their own colleagues with includes the child’s GP, health visitor or school nurse, and local authority children’s social care. There should be no delay in reporting concerns about abuse and neglect.

Contact details:

Ealing Children’s Social Care (called Ealing Children’s Integrated Response Service)
Tel: 020 8825 8000  

Hammersmith and Fulham Children’s Social Care
Tel: 020 8753 6600    

Hounslow Children’s Social Care
Telephone: 020 8583 3300   

For emergency referrals out of hours please go to the Borough website for contact details

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