Children have the right to grow up safe from harm. It is not acceptable for anyone to treat a child in a way that makes them unhappy and that will affect their future wellbeing and quality of life.
Safeguarding children is one of the highest priorities for NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group. We are committed to minimising the risk of physical, sexual or emotional harm to all children and young people. We want to ensure, as a CCG, that we have the necessary checks and systems to do this, as required under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a report of their review of arrangements in the NHS for safeguarding children on July 16, 2009. The report was accompanied by a letter from David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive asking NHS trust boards to take urgent action to ensure that children are safeguarded in their local community.
Download Bexley CCG's Safeguarding Children Declaration, using the link on the left hand menu.
What does the service do?
The Bexley Safeguarding Children team offers support and advice about safeguarding children, promoting good practice and effective communication within and between agencies on matters relating to the protection of children.
If you would like more information about the safeguarding children service at NHS Bexley CCG, please contact the children's safeguarding lead, Jill May.
Where to get more help?
If you have a concern about a child or want to be signposted to other organisations that can offer support, please go to the 'where to get help' page.
Protecting children from domestic violence
Across the capital there has been an increase of approximately 30% in the numbers of domestic violence incidents reported to the Metropolitan Police since the start of 2010. Rates of domestic violence in some parts of Bexley are high when compared with other areas of London.
To help overcome this, Bexley Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has issued this important multi-agency protocol in respect of safeguarding children living in situations with domestic violence.
The purpose of the protocol is to ensure that children and young people who are identified as at risk of harm from domestic violence:
- are identified and supported from early stage
- receive a thorough assessment of their needs
- receive the necessary support from appropriate services.
We also realise it is important that non-abusing parents are supported to ensure they are able to meet the needs of their children.
For more information, use the links in the left hand menu.
If you have concerns for a child who may be at risk of domestic violence, please see our 'where to get help' section for more information about who to contact.
Tel: 020 8298 2508 or 07950 535843