Safeguarding Children

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Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust work with parents and carers and a mixture of partner agencies; to support children in having safe, healthy and happy childhoods that help to prepare them for adult life.

All staff working within the Trust including those services we contract out to other organisations are aware of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We all have a responsibility to recognise children who may be at risk of suffering harm and those in need of protection and how to respond to those concerns in a timely fashion.

Note: This includes services that predominately care for adults, need also to always consider the safety and wellbeing of children associated with the adults receiving their care.

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Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children (up to the age of 18 years) identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

Categories of child abuse

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect

Contact Information

For concerns about a child who you think may be at risk of abuse or neglect please contact their care team or local Children and Families Services:

The MARU within will try to help you by signposting you to the service that can best help meet your child’s needs. 

0300 1231 116

If you are concerned that a child or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm contact the Police on 999.

Links to further support and advice

Child protection and safeguarding - Cornwall Council

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Children Partnership - What is guides (


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