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Safeguarding Children

The L&D is committed to safeguarding all patients. (View our safeguarding declaration).

Children are the most vulnerable members of society and everyone has a responsibility to safeguard them from harm and neglect.

The L&D is committed to Safeguarding Children and Young People (from unborn-18 years).

In line with legislation and guidance, staff are supported by the provision of safeguarding training, supervision and support from a dedicated Children’s Champion Team, Name Safeguarding Doctor, Nurse and Midwives.

The Safeguarding Team also work with other agencies to promote the welfare of children, young people and provide support for vulnerable families.

Child Abuse is any emotional, sexual or physical mistreatment, as well as neglect of a child.

If you have any concerns about a child and need advice, please see the contact details below:
Contact Duty Social Worker for Children (office hours):
Luton – 01582 546000
Central Bedfordshire – 0300 300 8168
Bedford Borough – 01234 223599

Contact (out of hours):
0300 300 8123
edt@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Alternative contacts:
NSCPCC 24 hour helpline (for adults concerned about a child)
0808 800 5000
help@nspcc.org.uk
88858

Childline (for children and young people)
0800 1111