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Services have changed during Coronavirus pandemic. Please remember to visit our children with complex care needs section of the website for further information and self-help.  If you’re worried about your child, our team will be able to offer advice and support. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 **Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm excluding bank holidays** .

If it is life threatening, call 999 for an ambulance. Remember that A&E is happy to see children for emergencies and will keep children separated from patients with coronavirus. If you are unsure when to call emergency services, please click here to read the latest guide for parents or carers.

The Safeguarding Children Service for Cambridgeshire includes a Safeguarding Children team and Looked After Children (LAC) team of dedicated nurses and administrators.

The Safeguarding Children team safeguards and promotes the welfare of children and young people by providing advice, support, guidance and training for CCS NHS Trust staff. The team also provide Safeguarding Children Supervision for a number of teams across the Trust.

The LAC health team conduct assessments for all children in care within Cambridgeshire and 20 miles outside the border. The team also conduct assessments for other authorities children placed within Cambridgeshire. Some of our Cambridgeshire LAC are placed in other counties and we request health assessments to be undertaken by other LAC health teams.

The Safeguarding Children service works closely with both statutory and voluntary agencies to address safeguarding and child protection issues. The team also develop and update policy and undertake a number of internal and multi-agency audits to ensure the health and welfare needs of all children are being met.

We recognise that significant pressure will be put on families through the COVID-19 pandemic. The change in routine, lack of school each day and the social isolation will be difficult for many children and parents/carers.

The services to support and safeguard children will continue to operate throughout the crisis. If you have concerns or worries about the wellbeing of children they should be raised in the normal way.

If you think you and your family might benefit from some support, you should ask a professional who you know. This could be your doctor, or a teacher at your child’s school. They can tell you more about Early Help.

You can also contact the Early Help Hub: early.helphub@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call: 01480 376 666 (office hours).

Initial Health Assessments (IHAs): Due to the Covid 19 situation we have been asked to prioritise IHAs according to health needs and therefore there might be a delay in an appointment being offered. Please note that we are currently not conducting face to face assessments, but via telephone or video conferencing.

Review Health Assessments (RHAs): Carers will be contacted about RHAs as this service is currently reduced. Our offer regarding RHAs will probably change with time, depending on staff availability.

If you are concerned about a child, you can ring the numbers below. You do not have to give your name and your conversation will be treated confidentially.

Telephone: 0345 045 5203 (8-6pm Monday to Friday)   01733 234 724 (out of hours)

Email: referralcentre.children@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Safeguarding Children

Members of the public who are concerned about the welfare of a child should contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub


Cambridgeshire - 0345 045 5203

Peterborough - 01733 864180

(Out of Hours) P’boro/Cambs 01733 234724

For immediate action (risk of personal injury or loss of life) - call the Police on 999/112 (or 101 for non-emergencies)

Safeguarding Children 
CCS NHS Trust
Oak Tree Centre
1 Oak Drive
Huntingdon
Cambs  PE29 7HN

Telephone Number: 01480 425386 

Looked After Children Team
CCS NHS Trust
Oak Tree Centre
1 Oak Drive
Huntingdon
Cambs  PE29 7HN

Telephone Number:  0300 029 50 50
Generic email address:  ccs.cambs.chic@nhs.net                                       

For more information on Safeguarding Children:

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board

Website - http://www.peterboroughlscb.org.uk/

NSPCC - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

 

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