Morecambe Bay CCG has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
Keeping children and young people safe by 'safeguarding' them means:
- Protecting children from bad treatment.
- Making sure that a child's health or development is not impaired.
- Making sure that children are growing up in a safe environment that provides effective care.
- Taking action to help all children to have the best chances in life.
Who is a vulnerable child or young person?
A child or young person is someone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday.
Child protection is part of safeguarding, which describes the activity that is undertaken to protect children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Children who are defined as being ‘in need’ are those who are vulnerable and do not have a satisfactory level of health or development or that their health or development will be impaired without the help and support of services. The term 'children in need' also describes children who are disabled.
What is abuse?
Abuse and neglect are forms of bad treatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or an institutional or community setting. Abuse can also occur online.
The abuse could be carried out by someone they know or, more rarely, by a stranger. They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.
Types of abuse:
- physical abuse
- emotional abuse
- sexual abuse
How do I report abuse?
If you think a child may be suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm, you can use these contact details.