Have a welfare concern about a child?

Safeguarding Children is the term used to describe everyone’s responsibility to keep children and young people safe from significant harm.

This may include child protection, but includes activities around the prevention of harm to health, emotional wellbeing and development – ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.

Children can be at risk physically, emotionally, sexually and through neglect.

About us

The Essex safeguarding teams incorporate the principles of child safeguarding in everything we do, working in close alignment with other professional agencies to protect children and young people.

Where child protection/safeguarding concerns exist, we will engage with the Essex Children and Families Hub. The Hub works with local authorities to safeguard children and young people.

Who to contact

If you have concerns about the safety or well-being of a child or young person’s welfare or safety,  contact the social care hub Essex Children and Families Hub  so that the team there can look into the concerns.

T: 0345 603 7627
In an emergency ring 999

Virgin Care safeguarding statement

Virgin Care is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults, children and young people and to protecting them from the risks of harm.

To achieve this we have dedicated National and Local Safeguarding Adults and Children’s Leads and polices, guidance and practices which reflect statutory and national safeguarding requirements.