& Young People
Whether or not we look after children, young people and their families directly, as a professional or member of the public we all have a duty to keep those children and young people safe. Every staff member within health services has a key role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of unborn babies, children and young people.
Cranleigh Gardens Medical Centre
has a duty to ensure we have systems and procedures in place to protect children and young people from abuse and/or neglect.
A child is defined as anyone who has not reached his or her 18th birthday. If a child or young person discloses they are being abused:
- Listen carefully and reassure them
- DO NOT promise to keep it a secret
- Decide if the information meets Early Help or Safeguarding Children referral criteria.
- Speak to the CCG safeguarding professionals for advice and support.
DOING NOTHING TO PROTECT CHILDREN IS NOT AN OPTION!
Categories of Abuse
Possible indicators of abuse include:
• Children who are excessively withdrawn, fearful, or anxious,
• Parents or carers who withdraw their attention from their child,
• Parents or carers blaming their problems on their child,
• Parents or carers who humiliate their child.
• Unexplained injuries or delay in medical help,
• Inconsistencies in history given,
• Unusual Bruising
• Bite marks or cigarette burns,
• Female genital mutilation
• Failure to provide adequate food, shelter or clothing,
• Failure to seek timely and appropriate medical advice,
• Lack or inappropriate supervision, including a child home alone,
• Lack of protection from danger/ harm.
• Physical sexual health problems
• Sexual knowledge inappropriate for age or sexualised behaviour in young children,
• Sudden or unexplained changes in behaviour.