Safeguarding Children

All NHS Service and Commissioned Services have a key role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of unborn babies, children and young people.  This is a statutory duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 and in accordance with Government guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. 

The safety and welfare of children is of paramount importance to the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups.  The CCGs recognise that safeguarding is a shared responsibility, requiring effective joint working between agencies and professionals and recognises the different roles and expertise amongst health staff. 

Protecting children and young people from the risk of abuse and neglect is not something that any individual or Organisation can achieve on their own. Safeguarding is about working in partnership with other agencies so that together we can identify risks, share information and do whatever we can do to reduce the risk of harm to children and young people. 

To ensure that the CCGs play an active role in contributing to the effective safeguarding of children we do the following: 

  • Have an Accountable Chief Executive and Executive Lead for safeguarding who ensure that safeguarding is at the forefront of service planning.
  • Employ a Designated Nurse and Doctor for Safeguarding Children. These roles take a professional and strategic lead on all aspects of the health service contribution.
  • Play an active role in the Local Safeguarding Children Boards working with partner agencies such as Local Authority and the Police to ensure that local priorities for safeguarding children are met.
  • Regularly meet with Health Providers that the CCG commission to ensure that they have effective arrangements for safeguarding children, young people and families.
  • Provide safeguarding children training for CCG staff and independent contractors. 
  • Policy guidance has been developed to ensure best practice is maintained across the CCG footprint.


All staff who come into contact with children and young people including staff working primarily with adults who have dependent children have a minimum responsibility to recognise what constitutes child maltreatment and know how to act when they have concerns about the welfare of a child or young person. 

Abuse can happen to a child at any age, from pre-birth up to the age of 18 years. It can happen in all walks of life; to children from any ethnic and cultural background and to children with or without disabilities. Abuse, harm and maltreatment can be deliberate or unintentional. 

Safeguarding children is defined in national guidance as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children's health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances  

Physical Abuse

A form of abuse which may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child. (Definition provided by Working Together 2018) 


The persistent failure to meet a child's basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child's health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to: 

  • provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment);
  • protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger;
  • ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or
  • ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.  

 It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child's basic emotional needs. (Definition provided by Working Together 2018) 

Sexual Abuse

Involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. 

The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing. They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). 

Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children. (Definition provided by Working Together 2018) 

Emotional Abuse

The persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child's emotional development. 

It may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or 'making fun' of what they say or how they communicate. 

It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond a child's developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction.

It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying (including cyber bullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. 

Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone. (Definition provided by Working Together 2018)

If you have concerns about the safety or the welfare of a child or young person please contact one of the below:

Derby City:
Michelina Racioppi:                                                  T:  01332 868 741
Lead Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children: M: 07786 113 203

Dr Jenny Evennett:                                                   T: 01332 786 830
Designated Doctor, Safeguarding Children              M: 07775 113 546

Dr Jeremy Gibson:                                            M: 07557 08451 
Named GP - 
Safeguarding Children

Derbyshire County:            
Juanita Murray:                                                         T: 01246 514 073
Designated Nurse, Safeguarding Children               M: 07920 765 394

Dr Tricia Field:                                                          T: 01246 513008 
Designated Doctor, Safeguarding Children

Derbyshire County:
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust; Safeguarding Service (Based at Crich, Matlock) 

Named Nurse: 01773 850 000

Derby City
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Safeguarding Children Service (Kingsway, Derby)

Named Nurses: 01332 623 700 ext. 31537

Social Care Departments Contact details: Starting Point (Derbyshire County Children Social Care)

To report a safeguarding concern (as a member of the public) please call:
T: 01629 533 190 

For professionals wanting advice and guidance - please call:
T: 01629 535 353 (Mon to Fri 8am – 6pm)

Derby City Social Care:
All enquiries should be directed to the First Contact Team 
T: 01332 641 172 (working hours between 9am and 5pm) 

Derby Careline (out of hours and weekend)
T: 01332 786 968   

Police non-emergency: 101

Police Emergency: 999

For Safeguarding Children Board procedures and useful information please click links below:

Derby City Local Safeguarding Children Board

Derbyshire County Local Safeguarding Children Board

For other safeguarding children guidance and policies please click link below:



Contact Information:

1.  Safeguarding Children - Primary Care Leaflet (October 2018)