"All those working in the field of health have a commitment to protect children, and their participation in inter-agency support to social service departments is essential if the interests of children are to be safeguarded" (Children Act 1989).
This policy is complementary to the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) multiagency policy and procedures and is specific to health practitioners within Lincolnshire Community Health Services.
Lincolnshire Community Health Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and to protect them from harm, in accordance with its duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004.
The Organisation has a commitment to deliver services to children in a non discriminatory way. Children should be safeguarded, protected and valued, regardless of their:
- Race, religion, first language or ethnicity
- Health or disability
- Political or immigration status
It is the aim of the policy to support:
- Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 1999, 2006, 2010) The five outcomes of Every Child Matters (HMSO, 2003)
- The National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services (DOH 2004)
- The Framework for Assessment (DOH2000)
- What to do if your worried a child is being abused (HM Government, 2006) NICE Guidance CG89 (2009)
- Munro Review of Child Protection(2011)
To also raise the awareness that safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility.
To assist those working with children, young people and their families to be aware of the signs and symptoms of child abuse and follow the procedures.To raise the awareness of practitioner's responsibility of making a referral to Local Authority children's social care.