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Safeguarding children   

Safeguarding children team

Keeping children and young people safe is everyone's responsibility.

A child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday - 'children' therefore means children and young people.

This means that the fact that a child has reached 16 years of age, is living independently or is in further education, is a member of the armed forces, is in hospital or in custody in the secure estate for children and young people, does not change his or her status or entitlement to services or protection. (Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013, HM Government).

Ealing Community Services Safeguarding Children Team (Child Protection) works closely with all health care professionals within Ealing Community Services [ECS] and other health organisations. The team also works closely with statutory and non-statutory agencies to safeguard the welfare of children.  Key partner agencies include Education, Children’s Social Care, (including Ealing Children’s Integrated Response Service - ECIRS), the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), Adult Social Care, Police, Probation and Voluntary Agencies.  

All local children’s services authorities in England are required to provide Local Safeguarding Children Boards following the Children Act, 2004. The Named Professionals within the Safeguarding Children Team are members of various sub-groups of Ealing Safeguarding Children Board, (ESCB). The Director of ECS represents the organisation on the main board.

The Trust has a statutory duty under Section 11 of the Children’s Act 2004 to protect children from harm as part of the wider work of safeguarding and promoting their welfare.  This means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment

  • Preventing impairment of children's health or development

As well as the wider safeguarding responsibilities of:

  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and

  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

(Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013, HM Government).

Ealing Community Services Safeguarding Children Team comprises:

  • Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children
  • Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children

  • Two Child Protection Advisors

  • Two Paediatric & Maternity/Liaison Health Visitors

  • Specialist Health Visitor - MASH

  • Safeguarding Children Administrator

  • Paediatric & Maternity/Liaison Health Visitor Administrator    

The Safeguarding Children Team ensures that national legislation, guidance and local policies and procedures are implemented and followed to safeguard children and young people and their families in Ealing. The team provides consultation, support, advice, safeguarding children supervision and training/learning/development programmes for Ealing Community Service employees and the wider Integrated Care Organisation (ICO), (known as Ealing Hospital NHS Trust), to which Ealing Community Services belong.

If you are worried about the safety of a child please contact children's social services via the Ealing Children's Integrated Response Service (ECIRS), who deal with all initial referrals, on 020 8825 8000, or, in an emergency, call the Police. Members of the public can make calls anonymously. For free 24-hour advice, you can telephone or email the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline - 0808 800 5000.

Safeguarding Children Team contact details

Named Nurse/Child Protection Advisors - 020 3313 9408/9634

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