What do you do if you have any concerns around the safety of a child or family member?
Safeguarding children – the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. Within the law a child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th Birthday.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Working together 2018
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
For children who need additional help, every day matters. Academic research is consistent in underlining the damage to children from delaying intervention. The actions taken by professionals to meet the needs of these children as early as possible can be critical to their future.
Professionals must share appropriate information in a timely way and can discuss any concerns about an individual child with their own colleagues with includes the child’s GP, health visitor or school nurse, and local authority children’s social care. There should be no delay in reporting concerns about abuse and neglect.
For further details see Safeguarding Children and Young People.
Islington Children’s Social Care
Phone: 020 7527 7400
Should we give immunisation data?
If we have the data and it supports the child to have us share it then yes it should be given. It is usual for the GP to have the most up to date information and you may want to refer the client or professional to the GP to access that but there is no reason not to be helpful and supportive in information gathering/sharing in the best interest of the child.
Letters: Should they have the BS logo and address on them?
Going forward we will be running all groups from collocated Bright Start sites, be they health centres or children centres and therefore we should be working to ensure all our clients across the Borough understand this. Letters inviting clients to attend jointly organised and facilitated groups should have both the Bright Start and Whittington Health logo on and be sent and explained in the spirit of working together as partners in service delivery.
Last updated05 Aug 2022