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Safeguarding children

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 Safeguarding Annual report details how we meet our responsibilities. Please use the link on the left hand menu.

Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people means:

- protecting children from abuse and exploitation (physical injury, neglect, emotional and sexual abuse)

- preventing impairment of a child’s health or development

- ensuring children and young people grow up with safe consistent care

- taking action to enable all child patients to have the best health outcomes.

 

In October 2017, partners from Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the Police and the Local Authority in Bexley met to consider the implications of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 on local arrangements for safeguarding and protecting children and young people in Bexley. You can find more details of our new Partnership arrangements in the left hand menu .

If you are worried about a child being harmed use the link to the 'what to do if you suspect child abuse' flowchart on the left hand menu.  

 

'Where to get help' 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 or Clare Hunter.  


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.

Working to reduce the incidence of domestic abuse is a priority for Bexley partners.

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 living in a household where you know there is  domestic abuse, please see our 'where to get help' section above for more information about who to contact.

 

Contact us

Email: jill.may@nhs.net or clare.hunter1@nhs.net

Tel: 020 8298 2508 or 07950 535843

 

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