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Child protection is the responsibility of all staff working for Ashford and St Peter’s Trust. This guideline has been written in accordance with the recommendations and requirements of ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (July 2018). It is the robust and consistent implementation of these policies and procedures which keeps children and young people safe (Laming 2009).

A child is defined as anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday including the unborn (Children Act 1989).



The aim of this guideline is that all Trust staff will be able to, within their working role, recognise any child where there is a safeguarding concern and respond appropriately. Trust staff need to be aware of their responsibility in the management of a child where a safeguarding concern has been recognised and ensure that all affected children receive appropriate and timely therapeutic and preventative interventions.



Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018), states that nothing is more important than children’s welfare. Children who need help and protection deserve high quality and effective support as soon as a need is identified. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.


Policy Details

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Compiled by: Sarah-Jane Legg, Named Midwife for Safeguarding and Vulnerable Women
Ratified by: Safeguarding Committee
Date Ratified: March 2020
Date Issued: March 2020
Review Date: March 2023
Target Audience: All Staff members
Contact name: Sarah-Jane Legg, Named Midwife for Safeguarding and Vulnerable Women


See also:

This policy should be used in conjunction with the Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (SSCP) procedures

  • Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership “Bruising in Children who are Not Independently Mobile Multi Agency Guideline”.
  • ASPH Safeguarding Children Policy
  • Referral to maternity services, booking appointment and maternity care pathway including antenatal clinical risk assessment and missed antenatal appointments Guidance
  • ASPH Complaints Policy
  • ASPH Consent Policy
  • ASPH Did Not Attend Policy
  • ASPH Domestic Abuse Policy
  • ASPH Female Genital Mutilation Policy
  • ASPH FGM-IS Standard Operative Procedure
  • ASPH Missing Patient’s Policy
  • ASPH Newborn Security Policy: incorporating baby abduction
  • ASPH Concealed Pregnancy Guideline
  • ASPH Training Strategy
  • ASPH Whistleblowing Policy
  • SSCP Escalation Policy