Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility!
Safeguarding children is widely acknowledged as “everyone’s business”. The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people (Section 11 Children Act, 2004).
The Trust works in partnership with the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Board, Local Authority and partner agencies. This collaboration is crucial to keep children safe.
If you know or suspect a child is at risk, please contact your local Multiagency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01902 555392. In an emergency whereby the child is at immediate risk dial 999.
Types of support offered within Wolverhampton
Support provided as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from in utero through to the teenage years. Early help can also prevent further problems arising. This may be led by your Health Professional, ie: Health Visitor or School Nurse.
Child in Need
Section 17 of the Children Act (1989) defines a child as being in need in law if:
- He or she is unlikely to achieve or maintain or to have the opportunity to achieve or maintain a reasonable standard of health or development without provision of services from agencies;
- His or her health or development is likely to be significantly impaired, or further impaired, without the provision of services from the Local Authority and other agencies;
- He or she has a disability
Part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm.