Safeguarding children

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children

Sirona care & health provides children’s services across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. We work closely with other agencies to provide care and support where it is needed and to ensure that appropriate actions are taken in response to an allegation/incident of  a child at risk.

Safeguarding children is everybody’s business and means promoting the welfare of children and protecting children from harm. Child protection means protecting each and every child from emotional, physical and sexual abuse or neglect.  If you have a concern about the safety and wellbeing of a child, you must report it.

What to do if you have a concern

If you are worried or concerned that anyone under 18 (including an unborn baby) is being abused or neglected, please report it – the numbers are on the right of this page.

What do we mean by Safeguarding children?

Safeguarding means:

  • 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.

Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm.

Abuse can occur in a family, or in an institution or community setting. It may be from someone known to the child, or more rarely, by a stranger, for example, via the internet.

  • Physical – this could include hitting, slapping, punching etc. Also fabricated illness.
  • Emotional– this type of abuse might involve bullying, threats or humiliation
  • Neglect – being left without food, lack of adequate supervision, not protecting a child from other forms of abuse, or not attending to health needs.
  • Sexual – sexual acts including rape. Exposing children to sexual material.