Safeguarding Children

Useful Links

- Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board

Contacts, Policies and Procedures

- Working Together to Safeguard Children
- Online Manual
- Contact Information

Strategies And Reports

- Annual Report


- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

- April 2013 E-Bulletin

All staff in the health service have a key role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of unborn babies, children and young people

Children are defined as those under the age of 18 years (Working Together to Safeguarding Children 2010)

Children have a “Right “ under the UN Convention on Rights of the Child – 1989 to have their best interests as the primary concern when decisions are being made about them (Article 3)

They also have a right under the UN Convention to:

  • Life and health development (Article 6)
  • Be protected from hurt and mistreatment, physically or mentally (Article 19)
  • Be properly cared for and protected from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents and anyone else  who looks after them (Article 19)
  • Be protected from activity which takes advantage of them and could harm their welfare and development including sexual exploitation, sale and trafficking (Article 36)

All staff who come into contact with children and young people including staff working primarily with adults who have dependent children have a minimum responsibility to recognise what constitutes child maltreatment and know how to act when they have concerns about the welfare of a child or young person.

Child Maltreatment can involve

Physical Abuse – All forms of physical harm to a child either direct or indirect and in cases where a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces illness in a child.

Emotional Abuse – Any intervention which can make a child feel afraid, worthless or unloved to the degree that this has an impact on the child’s emotional wellbeing and development. This type of abuse includes the exploitation of children, corruption and witnessing Domestic Abuse.

Sexual Abuse – Involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. Child sexual abuse includes non-contact activities such as looking at sexual images on the internet, grooming children in preparation for abuse and sexual exploitation

Neglect – Is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and /or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of a child’s health and development. Neglect of an unborn baby can occur as a result of maternal substance abuse

The following Safeguarding Children Guidance has been developed to inform and support the CCG and its staff and any Health Services that have been commissioned by the CCG including what you should do if you are concerned about a child or young person.

Derby Social Care Out Of Hours Service
01332 786968
Derby Social Care First Contact Team
01332 641172
Hazel Massey
Named Nurse for Erewash
01773 599410/07768801091
[email protected]
Dr Anita Hanson
Named Doctor for safeguarding children / Community Paediatrician
01283 818000
[email protected]
Kathy Webster
Consultant/Designated nurse for safeguarding children and children in care
01246 514061/07920765394
[email protected]
Dr Patricia Field
Designated Doctor for safeguarding children/Consultant Paediatrician
01246 513141
[email protected]
Call Derbyshire (Social Care) 0845 6058058 (out of hours 01629 532600)
Care Line (Social Care) 01332 785789 01332 785789


Private Fostering and e-learning training course

To remind everyone that a Children’s Social care should be informed if you become aware as child is being privately fostered.

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a ‘close relative’. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity).

There is now an e-learning package on this subject, which can be accessed using the link below:

This will count towards your continuing professional development. It takes around 45 minutes to complete (a certificate is available to print out afterwards).

The Derby and Derbyshire SCB Procedures Manual has been updated

It can be accessed at:   (If the link does not work please copy and paste it into the address bar of your web-browser). Details of the changes can be found in the ‘Quick Guide’. (This can be accessed using the button on the left hand menu bar). Please inform colleagues that they can register to be alerted for updates.

Should you have any queries, please contact tri.x using the details below:

Kensington House. 50-52 Albany Road. Earlsdon. Coventry. CV5 6JU.
T: 024 7667 8053


  • DD SCB Escalation Policy
  • DD SCB Thresholds
  • DD SCB Thresholds Summary – Dec 2013
  • Baby bruising
  • Baby Safe Sleep Assessment
  • Child Referral Form
  • CP14 Fabricated or Induced Illness by Carers
  • Domestic Abuse Pathway
  • Domestic Abuse/Serious Sexual Violence Strategy and Staff Guidance
  • Example Template for Child Protection Case Conference Report
  • Self harm – What you need to know
  • Self Harm and Suicide Awareness- Information for Workers
  • Self Harm – Practice Guidance
  • What to do if you are concerned about a child or young person’s welfare