To contact your GP Practice Liaison Lead please see Safeguarding - Practice Liaison Contact Details.
Children and Families Help Desk
Tel: 01452 426565 (8am – 5pm)
01452 614194 Emergency Duty Team - Out of hours (5pm - 8am Mon-Fri/weekends)
Please follow the links below to Concerns About A Child Leaflets:
Safeguarding is about more than child protection:
Child protection is specifically about protecting children and young people from suspected abuse and neglect. Safeguarding is much wider than that. It includes everything an organisation can do to keep children and young people safe, including minimising the risk of harm and accidents and taking action to tackle safety concerns.
Safeguarding is also about being able to respond quickly and appropriately to concerns or allegations brought to the organisation, which means having the right policies and procedures in place to deal with difficult situations if they arise.
Effective safeguarding of children can only be achieved by putting children at the centre of the system, and by every individual and agency playing their full part, working together to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children.
The links below provide further details and links to resources supporting safeguarding of children in Gloucestershire. However if you have immediate concerns regarding a child or children please contact The Children's Helpdesk below:
If you have concerns about the immediate safety of the child or you believe a serious criminal offence has been committed contact the Police at any time on 101 or in an emergency ring 999.
From 11th September 2017, Gloucestershire County Councul (GCC) children's services teams and staff will begin using a new Single Consent Form when working with children, young people and families.
Please remember if you think a child or young person is at immediate risk of significant harm, contact the children's Helpdesk on 01452 426565. See the GSCB leaflet for guidance on responding to concerns about a child.
Gloucestershire County Council's new Single Consent Form and Sharing your information leaflet can be found on:
If you have any questions about the use of these documents, please contact your Gloucestershire County Council colleague or the Children and Families Helpdesk.
Please follow the resource link below to the Midwife GP Patient Summary Record Request policy and request form.
If the parents of a child are married when the child is born, or if they’ve jointly adopted a child, both have parental responsibility. They both keep parental responsibility if they later divorce.
Children living in an environment of domestic abuse are experiencing emotional abuse. 50% of children will also be physically abused within the next two years.
If you are concerned about a child in this environment, consider:
For further information about the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service please contact www.gdass.org.uk to make an online referral or call 0845 602 9035.
Professionals number: 01452 726561
Please use this number to ensure that any victims wanting support have a better chance of getting a response on the help desk.
The monitoring form (please see resource link below) is for Honour based violence, forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. No action is taken on receipt of these forms, because they are not referral forms. Should staff identify any concerns they should report formally to the police (particularly when considering mandatory reporting of FGM), or refer, where appropriate, to support services or social care. The monitoring form can be completed and sent to Sophie.Jarrett@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk to assist in data collection to understand the prevalence of these issues in the county.
These short animated films have been developed to create awareness around the health and physiological consequences of FGM and cut through much of the inaccurate and misleading information circulating in the public sphere about FGM.
Please follow the resource link below to the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV) Winter 2016-2017 briefing.
Please follow the links below for Gloucestershire's Anti-slavery Partnership (GASP) resources;
The Home Office have also provided Criminal Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults guidance aimed at frontline staff who work with children, young people and potentially vulnerable adults
A nationwide Inquiry by the Office of the Children's Commissioner has found that 2,409 children and young people were confirmed victims of child sexual exploitation in gangs or groups in the 14 month period from August 2010 to October 2011.
Practitioners should also be aware that many children and young people who are victims of sexual exploitation do not recognise themselves as such.
The screening tool and Gloucestershire's multi-agency protocol for safeguarding children at risk of CSE can be accessed here.
Please follow the resource link below to view the NHS England Child Sexual Exploitation advice for Healthcare Staff: A pocket guide to provide practical information to healthcare staff to safeguard children and young people.
The Home Office have also provided Criminal Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults guidance aimed at frontline staff who work with children, young people and potentially vulnerable adults.
The Gloucestershire Safeguarding Childrens Board has a website which has a range of information for those working in the fields of health and social care. These are policies, guidance, details of key legislation and, most importantly, what to do if they suspect someone may be being abused.
Follow the resource button below to take you to the site.
It is recommended that all GPs keep up to date with current issues. To sign up for GSCB alerts please complete your details here.
Serious Case Reviews are mandatory processes and GP contribution to them as part of information gathering is essential. For further guidance, please visit the GMC website.
The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) regulates and inspects to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.
Everyone in your Practice requires some basic Safeguarding knowledge. The level of training required has been dictated by the Royal Colleges and professional bodies, who have jointly published the updated Safeguarding Children and Young People: roles and competencies for health care staff. The document describes levels of competences and model role descriptions for named and designated professionals.
We recommend that each practice records the training (single agency and multi agency) completed by each member of staff and that individuals record their training programmes on their portfolios should the CQC require evidence to confirm standards are met.
The Gloucestershire Safeguarding Board training strategy can be accessed here.
A series of documents to be used in managing allegations can be found via the GSCB website here.
Please follow the resource link below to the full document.
Please follow the links below to further information on: