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Are you a Parent or Guardian?

Protecting children is your responsibility too...

The safety and welfare of children - or child protection - is everyone's business. You could be a neighbour, friend, parent, relative, childminder, teacher or doctor - or working for any organisation which has contact with children and young people.

Child protection means protecting children from physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect. It also means helping children to grow up into confident, healthy and happy adults.

Most children enjoy generally happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately for some, this is not the case. During difficult family times, everyone who knows the child must do the best they can to protect them from future harm.

This section is about assisting parents or guardians in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

We hope you will find the information useful.

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board

The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board has a statutory duty to co-ordinate how agencies work together to safeguard and promote the well being of children and young people in Birmingham and to ensure the effectiveness of the safeguarding arrangements. 

Jane Held, Independent Chair oversees a Board which is made up of senior representatives from the key statutory and voluntary organisations that have responsibility for delivering services to children or have regular contact with children.

Safeguarding children and young people means keeping them safe from neglect and abuse.  Any one who comes into contact with children and families has a responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare.  Professionals have a duty to do so.  Safeguarding and promoting welfare means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment,
  • preventing impairment of children's health or development,
  • ensuring children and young people are growing in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.

If you are unable or are unwilling to speak to a member of staff at school about concerns you may have please use the details below for further advice.

Worried about a child?

If you have any concerns about the safety and/or welfare of a child or young person telephone the Multi-Agency Safeguarding HUB (MASH) on 0121 303 1888 or e-mail MASH@birmingham.gov.uk

Outside of normal office hours please call 0121 675 4806 for the Emergency Duty Team

For more information about making a referral and to access the referral form - click here

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