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Safeguarding Our Children

Safeguarding our Children

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everybody’s business.

It involves:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

Child protection

Safeguarding children is also about child protection. This means the variety of activities that take place to protect children who may be at risk of significant harm due to emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect.

If you are worried about a child and think that he or she may be the victim of, or at risk from neglect, abuse or cruelty - talk to a teacher, health visitor, doctor or youth worker, who will give you advice about what to do next. Alternatively, you may contact the police or your local children's social care office. Find out how to do so here: Are you worried about a child?

Who is responsible for child safety?

Worcestershire County Council has a duty to ensure that every child in Worcestershire is safe from harm and neglect and, where possible, brought up by their own family. The council’s Safeguarding and Services to Children and Young People has lead responsibility for carrying out this duty.

Safeguarding children is a multi-agency concern co-ordinated by the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB), the local multi-agency partnership of education, health, police, social care and associated services.

Information and advice

Follow the links below for advice and information on safeguarding and child protection issues, including the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board and the work it does.

Making a referral

The Local Authority has a duty to make enquiries where a child may be suffering harm or neglect. If you feel you know that a child may be at risk then you can let us know here.

Changes to Safeguarding Services

As part of Worcestershire County Council's commitment to becoming an excellent commissioning-based authority, Safeguarding Services to Children and Young People have started to apply the commissioning process.

Commissioning means that across the organisation we need to apply a consistent and joined up process to source the right service from the right provider at the right price. Find out more information on Worcestershire County Council's Commissioning Approach.

Following the positive news that the service's Improvement Notice had been lifted and in line with the aims set out in their Social Care Workforce Strategy – Towards Excellence – 'Right People, Right Skills, Right Time' a thorough needs assessment and evaluation of the service has been undertaken.

Evaluation indicated that Safeguarding Services should go through a full redesign in order to ensure that resources are being used in the most effective and efficient manner. This also ties in with the 'Better Outcomes' aspect of the BOLD (Better Outcomes, Lean Delivery) strategy which was introduced by the authority in 2009.

Through research it has been established that there are some basic principles which need to be in place to lead to better service delivery and outcomes for children in need:-

  • Confident, stable workforce all trained in one evidence-based model
  • Sufficient qualified workers delivering directly to service users
  • Sufficient business support inc. admin & IT support
  • Culture of learning and professional accountability
  • Effective and good-quality supervision
  • Streamlined management and decision-making accountability so decisions are taken as close to contact with the service user as possible

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This page was last reviewed 31 July 2014 at 13:50.
The page is next due for review 27 January 2016.