Safeguarding (including Child Protection)

All staff, governors and volunteers at Hoddesdon Children's Centres have a duty under the Education Act to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children; to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements are in place to identify, assess and support children who are suffering from harm or who are at risk of coming to harm.

As a community, we are all responsible for ensuring children and young people are safe from harm. There are duties and rules about information sharing, but if staff, parents or carers have any concerns about a child, other parent, provider, agency or any person, they have a responsibility to report those concerns and we must record and act on them.

Hoddesdon Children's Centres has a safeguarding policy that is available at all times and is underpinned by the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures.

If you have any concerns about any child please speak to Jo Goldsmith who is Designated Child Protection Officer or Kathy Taylor the Deputy DSP on 01992 904405 or Angela Street, DSP on 01992 904442.

If you suspect for any reason that a child is not being treated correctly, please contact the following numbers:

The Police - 999

Children, Schools and Families (including out of hours) - 0300 123 4043

The Child Abuse Investigation Unit can be contacted on - 101. This is a specialist team that is a department within the police with countywide responsibility for undertaking child protection investigations.

Together we can tackle child abuse 

In March 2016, the Department for Education is launched a nationwide communications campaign to encourage members of the public to report child abuse. The campaign aims to encourage the public to report their concerns in order to get help to children more quickly. We aim to create a new social norm around reporting and tackle the barriers that stop people taking action. The campaign will address all forms of abuse and neglect. Many forms of abuse and neglect present alongside one another and the most common reason for a child to be in the child protection system is neglect.

What stops people reporting?

Most people find the decision to report child abuse a difficult one. They worry about overreacting or being wrong, and may question whether they have strong enough evidence, or if they have misread the signs of abuse or misunderstood a situation. These fears are understandable, but unfounded. 
You don’t need to be absolutely certain of what you’ve seen or heard to call your local children’s social care team. Information is usually gathered from many sources, and your report would form one part of a bigger picture. 
Another big worry people have is that someone will find out they have made a report, but this is unlikely to happen as you can make the call anonymously, although most people do give their details. 
Some people don’t report suspected abuse because they think it might just be a one off. But even if that is the case, every child deserves to be protected and it is better to be safe than sorry.
Research shows that some people prefer to talk to someone such as a partner, family member or friend before making a report – and that’s perfectly fine.
They may also wait until they are certain before making an official report. But you don’t have to be absolutely certain about whether a child is being abused; if you have a feeling that something’s not right, talk to your local children’s social care team who can look into it.
If you suspect child abuse or neglect, visit to get the number for your local authority.