East Sussex School Health Service has statutory safeguarding responsibilities in accordance with the Children Act 2004 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This means if we are concerned a child may be at risk of significant harm, we would have a legal duty to share our worries with children’s services at the local authority, who would assess the child and or family’s needs and identify what support could be put in place.
We work collaboratively with multi-agency partners including children’s services to support families to achieve positive outcomes for children.
If you have concerns for a child or young person and need to speak to someone, contact the East Sussex Single Point Of Access (SPOA) for advice here: East Sussex Children's Services
If you are a child or young person aged between 11 and 19 and are worried about your safety or want to talk to someone about something that is happening in your life, you can text 07507 332473 and speak to a school nurse. This service is available five days per week from 8.30am to 5pm. You can also contact Childline and speak to someone by calling 0800 1111.
The NSPCC is a charity that can help identify signs of abuse; it also provides information for professionals.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. If you or someone you know is in an abusive or controlling relationship you can seek advice here: Support for those experiencing domestic violence
East Sussex Children's Safeguarding Partnership is a forum that enables all professionals working to promote the welfare of children.
Safeguarding at Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust.