Child Protection & Safeguarding Children
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE
No one wants to hear about children being abused, neglected or unsafe and that sometimes makes it difficult to respond so…….
Remember these three important messages:
- All children have a right to be safe no matter who they are or what their circumstances.
- Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility.
- We all need to listen to children even though we may not always be comfortable with what we hear.
Who should I talk to if I have concerns about a child?
Write the name and contact details here of who you should talk to in your agency if you have concerns about a child, if possible write two people down in case one is not available.
Name: Mrs. Lisa Mannall
Role: Safeguarding Officer
Phone: 01637 830766
Name: Mr. Dave Holt
Role: Vice Chairperson
Phone: 01637 830158
If these contact people are not available do not delay but contact one of these numbers:
- South West Child Protection Procedures
- Lead Safeguarding Officer
- Surf Life Saving GB
Tel: 0800 1111
- Emergency Services
- Devon & Cornwall Police
Tel: 08452 777444
- Cornwall Safeguarding
Tel: 01872 254551
- Multi-Agency Referral Unit
Tel: 0300 1231 116
Out of hours service: 01208 251300
It doesn’t matter if you are a parent, a volunteer or a member of the community, you have a responsibility to act if you are worried about a child.
Holywell Bay SLSC has someone who has responsibility for child protection and safeguarding issues – they have had training to know what to do next.
It is not your responsibility to investigate child abuse but you should tell the appropriate person within our organisation. It will be this person’s job to decide whether to pass your concerns on. If necessary they will speak to Children’s Social Care or the police. The police and social workers can then decide whether they need to investigate your concerns.
Children can be abused physically, sexually, emotionally or through neglect. The concerns that you have may make up part of a bigger picture which could help to prevent serious harm to a child. Giving families help at an early stage can prevent abuse and neglect.
This is the first of 3 levels of training for people who work in either a paid or voluntary role with children in Cornwall. If they have not already done so, ask the Safeguarding Officer to talk through this with you and tell you who to contact within your organisation if you have concerns. If you think you need further training talk to Safeguarding Officer or to any member of the Committee.
For further details on child welfare at Holywell Bay SLSC – click here to download our leaflet.