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Safeguarding children and young people

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is a term used to describe the actions taken to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm. That harm may come from other adults, children or may be self-neglect.

Safeguarding Children and Young People

A Child is anyone under the age of 18. Safeguarding children and young people is about protection from harm. This involves;

  • Protecting children and young people from abuse, maltreatment and exploitation.
  • Preventing anything from harming a child or young person’s health or development.
  • Ensuring they grow up with safe and effective care
  • Taking action to ensure they have the best outcomes in life

What is a child safeguarding concern?

  • A child or young person safeguarding concern is when they are living in circumstances where there is a significant risk of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional or neglect).
  • It can also be where the young person themselves may pose a risk of serious harm to others or where there are complex needs in relation to disability.
  • If you know a child or young person at risk, please report your concerns to Nottinghamshire County Council Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

 What do I do if I have a concern about a child?

  • If you think a child is at risk of abuse, please report this to Nottinghamshire County Council Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub MASH.
  • If you have urgent concerns for a child, or suspect that a child has been abused in any way, please call MASH immediately on 0300 500 80 80 (if you are a member of the public) or 0300 500 80 90 (if you are a professional).
  • If you require an urgent response outside of working hours (08:30-17:00), contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 456 4546. In an emergency call 999. To report a crime, call 101.
  • For more information regarding safeguarding concerns regarding a child and how to report these visit the Nottinghamshire County Council MASH Hub.


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