Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 (HM Government) as:

  • 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.

Spectrum recognises their duty under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to consider the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This is achieved by working in partnership with statutory agencies including the police, social care and other health partners.

Part of this work includes membership of the Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Board. By law, each Local Authority must have a ‘Local Safeguarding Children Board’ (LSCB). These boards are joint agency groups that are responsible for child welfare in their area. The LSCBs write policy guidelines for safeguarding children, ensure that the different agencies work together and conduct inquiries into serious cases or child deaths. Click here to find the LSCB in your local area.

If you have any concerns about a child or young person you should contact social care in the area where the child/young person lives. For contact numbers for children’s social care where Spectrum deliver community services, please see the table below.

Useful links:

NSPCC – www.nspcc.org.uk

Samaritans – www.samaritans.org

Young Minds – www.youngminds.org.uk

CALL 999 IF YOU FEEL THAT A CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER