Ludham and Stalham Green Surgeries are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children who come into contact with the services provided, either directly or indirectly.
We do this by following these core principles:
- The welfare of the child is paramount
- All staff employed or contracted by the practice, or volunteering in the practice have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
- All work with children and families will be conducted in an open and transparent way
- The views, wishes and feeling of the child will be listened to and considered
- Professional standards apply regardless of culture, disability, gender, age, language, racial origin, religion and/ or sexual identity.
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE
Information for patients
Safeguarding Children is everybody’s responsibility
- We take safeguarding of children very seriously in the practice
- We will always aim to prioritise the welfare and safety of children
- We will always do our best to respond to concerns
- All clinical and non-clinical staff receive regular training to keep them up to date
- We have a Child Safeguarding Lead (Dr Sale)
- We cooperate fully with outside agencies to promote the safety and wellbeing of children in our care
- We recognise that there are different forms of abuse including physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect. We are also aware of the risks of female genital mutilation and radicalisation
Confidentiality and information sharing
We recognise the importance of confidentiality at all times. Sometimes it may be more important to break confidentiality and to share information in the best interests of a child who has suffered significant harm or who is at risk of significant harm. We will always do what is best for the child. If a young person talks to us about a problem we will always take this seriously.
What should you do if you are worried a child is at risk?
If you have any concerns that a child may be at risk tell your GP or anyone in the practice. You could also contact Norfolk County Council Children’s Services special helpline on 0344 8008020. If you are worried a child is at risk you could also contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000. Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111.