Safeguarding children from abuse is everybody’s business.
We all share a responsibility both corporately and individually to ensure that every person in society is treated with dignity and respect and protected from others who may abuse them. All employees and volunteers of Willen Hospice who come into contact with children in the course of their work have a duty of care to safeguard and promote their welfare and to work to prevent, detect and report neglect and abuse.
Willen Hospice actively works with the local Safeguarding Children Board (MKSCB) to ensure that statutory guidance is followed, awareness and good practice is promoted.
If you have a concern about a children who us at risk of abuse and they are in immediate danger you should contact the relevant emergency services by ringing 999.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
preventing harm to children’s health or development
ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Safeguarding children and child protection applies to all children up to the age of 18.
Everyone has a responsibility to keep children and young people safe.
If you are concerned about a child who has a family member known to the hospice you can discuss your concerns with Kim Purkiss, Young People’s Coordinator or Sue Whear Patient & Family Services Manager who will advise you of the process to follow.
Alternatively you can report your concerns directly to Milton Keynes Children and Families Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
The multi-agency safeguarding hub, known as MASH, brings together professionals from partner agencies to deal with safeguarding concerns, where someone is concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child. Information from partner agencies is collated within the MASH to assess risk and decide what action to take. As a result, the agencies are able to act quickly, in a coordinated and consistent way, ensuring that vulnerable children and families are kept safe.