Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding adults and children means helping adults at risk and children live free from abuse and neglect. Children may be at risk of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Adults at risk are people who are vulnerable because of their mental health, physical disability, age or illness and have care and support needs. They may find it difficult to protect themselves from abuse because of their care and support needs.

We are committed to promoting the welfare and wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk.  All employees have a duty to be alert to potential safeguarding concerns in children and adults. All staff are expected to be aware of and implement the Trusts safeguarding policies and procedures and work in partnership with other agencies to help safeguard those at risk.

The Trust has a Trust Safeguarding Adults Lead and a Trust Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children. In addition, the Trust has a Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children. There are also senior clinicians providing safeguarding advice, who work within the Clinical Academic Groups

The executive lead for Safeguarding is the Director of Nursing.

We have representation at local Safeguarding Boards for both adults and children.

For concerns about an adult who you think may be at risk of abuse or neglect please contact their community team or local Adult Social Care Services:

Lambeth - 020 7926 5555
Southwark - 020 7525 3324
Croydon - 020 8726 6500
Lewisham - 020 8314 7777
Bromley – 020 8461 7777

For concerns about a child who you think may be at risk of harm from abuse or neglect please contact local Children’s Social Services:

Lambeth - 020 7926 5555
Southwark – 020 7525 1921
Lewisham – 020 8314 6660
Croydon – 020 8726 6400
Kent – 03000 41 11 11
Bromley – 020 8461 7373

If you are concerned that a child or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm contact the Police on 999

Find out more about child safeguarding in this short film.

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