Children have the right to grow up safe from harm. It is not acceptable for anyone to treat a child in a way that makes them unhappy and that will affect their future wellbeing and quality of life.
Safeguarding children is one of our highest priorities. We are committed to minimising the risk of physical, sexual or emotional harm to all children and young people. We want to ensure that as a CCG we have the necessary checks and systems to do this, as required under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004.
Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people means:
- protecting children from abuse and exploitation (physical injury, neglect, emotional and sexual abuse)
- preventing impairment of a child’s health or development
- ensuring children and young people grow up with safe consistent care
- taking action to enable all child patients to have the best health outcomes.
In October 2017, partners from NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group, the Police and the Local Authority in Bexley met to consider the implications of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 on local arrangements for safeguarding and protecting children and young people in Bexley.
If you are worried about a child being harmed use the link to the ‘what to do if you suspect child abuse’ flowchart on the left hand menu.
‘Where to get help’ What does the service do?
The Bexley Safeguarding Children team offers support and advice about safeguarding children, promoting good practice and effective communication within and between agencies on matters relating to the protection of children.
If you would like more information about the safeguarding children service at Southeast London CCG (Bexley) please call 020 8176 5330
Protecting children from domestic violence
Across the capital there has been an increase of approximately 30% in the numbers of domestic violence incidents reported to the Metropolitan Police since the start of 2010. Rates of domestic violence in some parts of Bexley are high when compared with other areas of London.
Working to reduce the incidence of domestic abuse is a priority for Bexley partners.
We also realise it is important that non-abusing parents are supported to ensure they are able to meet the needs of their children. If you are worried about domestic or sexual abuse call Solace on 020 3198 4659 for free and confidential advice and support for women and men in Bexley.
London Borough of Bexley Social Services- Safeguarding children’s team
Bexley Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Tel: 020 3045 5440 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)
Tel: 020 8303 7777 or 020 8303 7171(out of hours)
Address: Civic Offices, 2 Watling street, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7AT
Contact details for South East London CCG (Bexley)
Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children and Children Looked After
SEL CCG Switch Board: 020 8176 5330
Direct dial: 020 8176 5465
Mobile: 07950 535 843
Named GP Safeguarding Children