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Safeguarding Children

& Young People

Everyone’s Responsibility

Whether or not we look after children, young people and their families directly, as a professional or member of the public we all have a duty to keep those children and young people safe.  Every
staff member within health services has a key role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of unborn babies, children and young people.

Cranleigh Gardens Medical Centre

has a duty to ensure we have systems and procedures in place to protect children and young people from abuse and/or neglect.


A child is defined as anyone who has not reached his or her 18th birthday.  If a child or young person discloses they are being abused:


  • Listen carefully and reassure them
  • DO NOT promise to keep it a secret
  • Decide if the information meets Early Help or Safeguarding Children referral criteria.
  • Speak to the CCG safeguarding professionals  for advice and support.



Categories of Abuse


Possible indicators of abuse include:


     Children who are excessively withdrawn, fearful, or anxious,

     Parents or carers who withdraw their attention from their child,

     Parents or carers blaming their problems on their child,

     Parents or carers who humiliate their child.


     Unexplained injuries or delay in medical help,

     Inconsistencies in history given,

     Unusual Bruising

     Bite marks or cigarette burns,

     Female genital mutilation


     Failure to provide adequate food,  shelter or clothing,

     Failure to seek timely and appropriate medical advice,

     Lack or inappropriate supervision, including a child home alone,

     Lack of protection from danger/ harm.


     Physical sexual health problems

     Sexual knowledge inappropriate for age or sexualised behaviour in young children,

     Sudden or unexplained changes in behaviour.


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