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This policy applies to all staff directly employed or contracted to work for Ashford and St Peters NHS Foundation Trust. This policy also applies to all volunteers within Ashford and St Peters NHS Foundation Trust.


Policy Statement

Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2018:

States the Key Principles are:

  1. Safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility
  2. Child Centered Approach


All staff that comes into contact with children and young people have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote their welfare; all staff should know what to do if they have any concerns. This includes all staff that work predominantly or completely with adults. Even though a health professional may not be working directly with the child, they may be seeing their parent, carer or other significant adult and have knowledge that is relevant to a child’s safety and welfare.

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 (The Children Act 1989 & 2004).


Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young children is the process of:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children's health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances

(Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018)

Child protection is 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.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Eileen White, Named Nurse for Safeguarding
Ratified by: Trust Board (Chair’s action)
Date Ratified: March 2020
Date Issued: June 2020
Review Date: April 2021
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.

  • ASPH Complaints Policy
  • ASPH Consent Policy
  • ASPH Did Not Attend Policy
  • ASPH Domestic Abuse Policy
  • ASPH Female Genital Mutilation Policy
  • ASPH Maternity Safeguarding Policy
  • ASPH Missing Patient’s Policy
  • ASPH Newborn Security Policy: incorporating baby abduction
  • ASPH Training Strategy
  • ASPH Whistleblowing Policy
  • SSCP Bruising in a Non Mobile Infant Policy
  • SSCP Escalation Policy