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Safeguarding children

Buckinghamshire Council is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people. We recognise our responsibilities to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation.

We believe that every child and young person has the right to live a life to the fullest of their potential, to have fun and be safe in the services which we provide for them and the activities in which they choose participate in.

Our Safeguarding Children Policy sets out our policy statement, along with the roles and responsibilities, procedures and processes within Buckinghamshire Council; including how to report and deal with concerns of child protection matters.

Buckinghamshire Council recognises that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.  This policy affects and applies to every Buckinghamshire Council elected Member, staff member, volunteer and anyone working on behalf and/or representing the Council in the provision of services and in its decision-making.

Concerned about a child?

Please contact the following for further information or guidance:

Thames Valley Police: If you or a child/young person is in immediate danger call 999. Alternatively contact your local police on 101.

The First Response Team: If you think a child or young person is being abused or neglected, please call: 0845 460 0001 Monday-Friday or 0800 999 7677 out of hours

ChildLine (external website): Free 24 hour helpline for children in the UK to talk about any problem. Telephone: 0800 1111

NSPCC (external website): Free 24 hour helpline for children and adults. Telephone: 0808 800 5000