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Publicly funded NHS & social care services

Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding is about protecting the health, well-being and human rights of people, and allowing them to live a life that is free from harm, abuse and neglect.

Sirona care and health is strongly committed to the promotion of health and development of all children, and to ensure they are safeguarded from harm.

Sirona care and health provides children’s services across Bath & North East Somerset and some adult health services in South Gloucestershire.

Who to contact if you have a concern about the safety and well-being of a child?

Bath and NE Somerset Children’s Social Care duty desk: (01225) 396313

South Gloucestershire Children’s Social Care, Assessment & Referral Team (ART): (01454) 866000

Out of hours  (for both areas): (01454) 615165

If a child is at risk of immediate harm: Police 999

Medical staff can contact the on call paediatrician: (01225) 731500 (Dr. Hilary Marcer Named Doctor Safeguarding Children).

Sirona care & health follow the South West Child Protection Procedures where there is more information about safeguarding children at:

Sirona care & health is a committed partner of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)

Sirona is also a partner of South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board

What do we mean by ‘Safeguarding’ Children?

This is the process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.

There are four main types of abuse:

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.

A more detailed account of these can be found on.

Other useful links

Child line    Telephone: (0800) 1111
(For children and young people to get help on a range of difficulties)

Legal advice for frontline professionals:
Coram Children’s Legal Centre
Telephone: (0207) 6361245

NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000


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