The Trust has a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people (Children Act, 2004). This Safeguarding Children Policy outlines corporate and individual responsibilities in accordance with legislation, guidance and professional standards.

This policy details the principles and standards for all health professionals working with children and families to safeguard children who may be in need or at risk of abuse or neglect. A child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday and includes the unborn child.



This Policy applies to all substantive and temporary staff who have contractual obligations to the Trust, it also covers all those working in a voluntary capacity within the organisation. This is inclusive of all staff that work predominantly or completely with adults.

This policy applies to all children from unborn up to eighteen years of age, whether the children are service users of the Trust in their own right or children cared for by service users who are receiving services from the Trust.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Elaine Welch, Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children
Ratified by: Safeguarding Committee
Date Ratified: December 2021
Date Issued: December 2021
Review Date: December 2024
Target Audience: All Staff
Contact name: The Safeguarding Committee Group


See also:

This policy should be used in conjunction with the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) procedures.


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