​​Safeguarding children


Keeping children safe in Lewisham


NHS Lewisham CCG ensures that, in exercising its functions, robust arrangements are in place to safeguard, and protect the wellbeing of children and young people. This is required by Section 11 of the Children Act 2004.

The Chief Officer ensures that the responsibility to safeguard and prevention of harm to children, young people and vulnerable adults is discharged effectively across the whole health economy through Lewisham CCGs commissioning arrangements.

The mission of NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is to improve the health and reduce health inequalities of Lewisham people and to commission the highest quality health services on their behalf ensuring good governance and proper stewardship of public resources. Safeguarding underpins all that Lewisham CCG commissions.

The Lewisham CCG Accountable Officer ensures that the responsibility to safeguard and prevention of harm to children, young people and vulnerable adults is discharged effectively across the whole health economy through Lewisham CCGs commissioning arrangements.


Children have a right to grow up safe from harm. It is not acceptable for anyone to treat a child in a way that makes him or her unhappy and will affect how they grow up. We all have a part to play to keep them safe.
 

Lewisham CCG Safeguarding Children and Adults Framework February 2016.pdf

The CCG is responsible by statute for ensuring that the organisations from which it commissions services provide assurance that systems are in place to safeguard children.

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group works with partners to promote the welfare of Lewisham’s children and young people and safeguard those who may be at risk of being abused physically, emotionally, sexually or neglected.


What is child safeguarding?

 Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children's health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

The legislation and guidance relevant to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children includes the following:

Children Act 1989 and Children Act 2004

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

Promoting the Health and Well-being of Looked After Children

Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competences for health care staff


Who are the Lewisham CCG  Safeguarding Children Professionals  

The Child Safeguarding Children Team is a group of designated doctors,and nurses who place children at the centre of care in the borough by ensuring a child-centred focus to health service provision and development of services.

Designated Safeguarding Professionals ensure that services are maintained, improved and available to children and families across the borough and, in particular, to ensure that child safeguarding concerns are addressed in a proactive and timely fashion.

 A key component of safeguarding arrangements is provision of professionals safeguarding children training.

Designated Safeguarding Professionals work in collaboration with other statutory agencies.  Liaising with other agencies is both necessary and important to share information with police, social services, and the voluntary sector to protect children.


Who can raise a safeguarding child concern?

Safeguarding concerns may be raised by any person experiencing the alleged abuse, relatives, carers or a member of the general public and health, social care staff and CCG staff.


What to do if you are worried about a child suffering from harm

If you are concerned that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse, please contact Lewisham Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) who can discuss this with you

 The MASH is multi agency and brings together services including, social care, education, health, police and children centres. The MASH aims to work together to offer the right help at an early stage to families who need support. Contact details below:

During office hours (Monday – Friday):

Lewisham's MASH  020 8314 6660

Out of Office hours:

Emergency Duty Team – 020 8314 6000

If a child is at immediate risk of harm, call the Police on 999.


Consent to share

You should seek, in general, to discuss concerns with the family and, where possible seek the family's agreement to making a referral unless this may, either by delay or the behavioural response it prompts or for any other reason, place the child at increased risk of Significant Harm.


Lewisham Safeguarding Children’s Board

The LSCB is made up of representatives from the agencies and bodies that have regular contact with children or responsibility for services to them in the local area.

  • London Borough of Lewisham 
  • Health and Social Care Commissioners
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Local health trusts/ health services
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Housing providers
  • Probation services 
  • Youth Offending Teams 
  • Education
  • Early Years 

You can find out more about the Safeguarding Children Board on Lewisham Borough Council's website.

Email: safeguardingboard@lewisham.gov.uk Tel: 020 8314 3396