Bristol Community Heath is committed to promoting the welfare of children (unborn to 18 years old) and protecting them from harm; we do this within our safeguarding children team. As an organisation we have a number of things in place to support us with this -these are explained in our Safeguarding Children Declaration.
Our approach to safeguarding children
We know that disability or periods of illness can put extra stress on a family and may they need additional support sometimes. Our staff will routinely ask you some questions about your children and discuss any additional needs your children may have. We work in partnership with other agencies to get the right level of help for families. We will only share confidential information with your consent or if we have a duty to do so because of concerns about the safety of a child.
What to do if you have a concern
If you are worried or concerned that anyone under 18 (including an unborn baby) is being abused or neglected, or that you a child and their family need help and support- Those best placed to consider what to do about your concerns are the specialist professionals in the area where the child lives. You can contact them on the numbers below
In Bristol – First Response 0117 903 6444
In South Gloucestershire- First Point 01454 866000
Additionally you can call the NSPCC helplne to discuss your concerns
Free phone 0808 800 500
If you are a child or a young person wanting to talk privately about something that is worrying you-you can phone Childline
Free Phone 0800 1111
If you think a child is in immediate danger contact the POLICE on 999