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Safeguarding children

All children have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect. Safeguarding children and young people is everyone's business, and anything you notice can help a child at risk.

If you are concerned that a child or young person is experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing, abuse or neglect you must take action. Safeguarding is more than protecting children and young people from harm, it is also about promoting their wellbeing and intervening early.

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you're worried about a child, contact your local authority children's social care team:

  • Lambeth – 020 7926 5555
  • Southwark – 020 7525 1921

You can also visit the government website to find the number for other local authorities across the UK.

If you are worried about a child's immediate safety, contact the police by calling 999.

Some people prefer to talk to their partner, a family member or friend before they make a report and that is fine. You could also speak to a nurse, doctor or teacher about your concerns.

If you are a member of staff, or another professional who works with children, please speak to your Safeguarding Lead before you make a report.

What are we doing?

As part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, we take a number of steps to protect children and young people.

Having safeguarding leads

We have trained experts in senior positions, who lead on child protection and safeguarding. 

Hospital services:

  • Head of safeguarding and Trust named nurse for safeguarding children – Debbie Saunders
  • Name doctor for safeguarding children – Dr Dipak Kanabar
  • Named midwife for safeguarding children – Geraldine Joyce

Lambeth community services:

  • Named nurse for safeguarding children – Margaret Hill
  • Name doctor for safeguarding children – Dr Davina MacKenzie

Southwark community services:

  • Named nurse for safeguarding children – Helen Stewart
  • Name doctor for safeguarding children – Dr Nkiru Asiegbunam

The executive lead for safeguarding children is the Trust’s chief nurse, Dame Eileen Sills.

Training staff

All our staff are required to receive child protection training. We meet the recommended training targets, and we report on this monthly.

Safeguarding policies and systems

All of our child protection policies and systems are up-to-date and are reviewed on a regular basis by the Trust's Board.

Checking our staff

We meet the statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on our staff (previously known as CRB checks). All of our clinical staff working with children undergo an enhanced level of DBS checks.

Working with others

We work closely with local authorities on safeguarding issues and are a member of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards of Lambeth and Southwark.


If you have any questions about child protection at our Trust, please contact Debbie Saunders on 020 7188 7188, extension 51276.
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