We all share a responsibility to ensure that children are protected from harm.
All public and voluntary bodies in Pembrokeshire are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and staff of these bodies are aware of their duties to ensure that children are protected. Regular training is provided for teachers and school governors with responsibility for child protection.
School staff are required to follow the All Wales Child Protection Procedures which have been locally endorsed by the Pembrokeshire Local Safeguarding Children Board. These procedures are to be followed if you suspect that a child is at risk of being abused, or if a child tells you that they are being abused, or if you receive any information about any adult being involved in abuse of a child. Copies are available in all schools.
If you suspect that a child or young person is at risk:
If you have any worries about children who may be at risk of harm and you want to discuss this with us please telephone the duty officer on the number below. If you think a child is in immediate danger ring 999.
If a child tells you that they or another child or young person is being abused:
Types of abuse are defined as follows:
Emotional: The persistent emotional ill-treatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects of the child's emotional and behavioural development.
Neglect: The persistent or severe neglect of a child or the failure to protect a child from exposure to any kind of danger or extreme failure to carry out important aspects of care, resulting in significant impairment of the child's health or development.
Physical: The hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child.
Sexual: Forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening, including
(Source: Working Together to Safeguard Children under the Children Act 1989 and Children Act 2004)
Important telephone numbers:
Child Care Duty Officer 01437 776 322 or 01437 776 325
Social Care out of hours team 08708 509 508
Police 0845 330 2000 or 999 in an emergency
NSPCC Cymru 0808 056 0566
For further information please contact:
Child Care Assessment Team
Pembrokeshire County Council
Tel: 01437 776 322 or 01437 776 325
Fax: 01437 776 337