Hillingdon Safeguarding Children Partnership is committed to supporting children in the London Borough of Hillingdon. This page offers parents and carers some advice and guidance about safeguarding.
Being mistreated or abused (sometimes called ‘Significant Harm’) is defined as Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect or Emotional Abuse.
An example of sexual abuse would be where a child has been forced to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos.
When an adult deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.
This would happen, for instance, when a child is being unfairly blamed for everything all the time, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy. Seeing or hearing the abuse of another person is also a form of emotional abuse.
Where a child is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.
If you need help or support for your family please contact the Stronger Families Hub on 01895 556006
Free 24/7 urgent mental health support for young people
Young people and their families in need of urgent help with their mental health can get free 24/7 support from trained NHS professionals by telephone.
The last 18 months have been particularly hard for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The NHS’s survey of children and young people’s mental health early this year found that one in six had a probable mental disorder – up from one in nine in 2017. Four in ten 6-16 year olds said their mental health had got worse since 2017, with only a fifth (21.8%) saying it had improved.
As a result, there has been an increase in people needing urgent support. Every mental health trust in London has put in place a dedicated phone line, supported by trained mental health advisors and clinicians, and open day and night, 365 days a year. The lines are free to call, and trained advisors can provide immediate help or signpost callers to other sources of support if necessary.
The internet is such an integral part of children’s lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.
As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online.
E-Safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them.
Teach your child the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse
The Underwear Rule is a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse – without using scary words or mentioning sex. For more information please visit the NSPCC website.