Keeping Children Safe
This page outlines our commitment to keeping children and young people safe from harm and neglect.
The Government has defined the term 'safeguarding children' as:
'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.'
The Children Act 2004 puts a duty on key statutory agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
In practical terms this means that the Council has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for children and young people and in which their welfare is of paramount importance.
We have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people who participate in our services and a moral obligation to be alert to child protection issues at all times, so that they do so in a safe and positive atmosphere free from harassment and bullying. However, we do recognise that not all children have positive experiences in their life, and we are committed in our role to promote the welfare of children and young people by encouraging good practice.
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The LSCB has been established in accordance with "Working Together to Safeguard Children" (Department of Health, 1999). Its purpose is to promote good working practices that safeguard children and promote their welfare.
It is responsible for coordinating the activities of all agencies concerned with the protection of children, developing and agreeing local policies and procedures, assuring the quality of child protective services and raising awareness in the wider community of the need to safeguard children.
Report child abuse or neglect
If you are concerned about a child for any reason – don't keep it to yourself – call Children's Services.
Children's Services 01522 782 111 (8.45am – 5.15pm)
Out of Hours 01522 782 333 (please only use if calling out of office hours)
Lincolnshire Police Unit (inc Out of Hours) 01522 532 222
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