↵What is Safeguarding?
‘Safeguarding children is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – it is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.’ Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children's health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
What is Child Protection?
‘Child protection refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.’ Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out the statutory functions under the 1989 and 2004 Children’s Acts that places duties in relation to children in need and children suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.
Childcare providers may be the first people to notice possible signs of abuse and neglect so it is important that all providers feel confident in knowing what to look out for and what to do if they have concerns.
Single Point of Access (SPA)
You must contact SPA if you have concerns about:
- A child or young person who you suspect is being neglected or subject to physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- Family issues that are affecting a child or young person
- An allegation of abuse against an adult
- Single Point of Access Team
SPA acts as a central hub and front door for Children Services. Professionals and members of public who have concerns around children and families refer in to SPA where information is collated and decisions are made within 24 hours. Police officers, health professional, CAMHS clinician and Early Help and Education Consultant are all part of SPA team.
SPA offer phone consultation to professionals and will provide advice and support in managing concerns. If the concerns are of safeguarding nature or the family are in need, SPA Social Workers will advise that a referral is made to ensure all the information is reviewed and safe decisions are made (opens a new window).
Phone: 020 8547 5008 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, or 020 8770 5000 out of hours.
Phone: 999 in an emergency
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) (opens a new window) works within Children's Services to help safeguard children in accordance with the statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. The LADO should be informed, through SPA, in all cases where it is alleged that at person who works with children has:
- behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed a child
- possibly committed a criminal offence against children, or related to a child; or
- behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children
Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children's Partnership (KRSCP)
Local Partners in Kingston and Richmond have responded to the statutory changes outlined in the Wood Review by refreshing our local partnership safeguarding children arrangements. These arrangements were published in June 2019 and came into full effect at the end of September 2019. The Partnership is now known as Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership and will ensure that everyone working in Kingston and Richmond with children and their families, as outlined in Working Together 2018.
The Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership KRSCP is a statutory body which is responsible for ensuring that all agencies working with children, young people and families work well together to promote children’s safety and welfare. The boards coordinate the work of local agencies and check their quality to ensure children’s safeguarding is effective.
The KRSCP monitors and reviews child protection and child safety policies, procedures and practices. They coordinate and provide inter-agency training for staff across the boroughs who work with children and families. Their job is to have an overview of how effectively children are safeguarded and identify improvements where necessary.