Safeguarding children

Key Contacts

Safeguarding Team Business Manager

Phone: 01752 398791

Mobile: 07980 582 467


Head of Safeguarding

Mobile: 07826 892 445

Designated Doctor Safeguarding Children

Mobile: 07891 903 237

Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children - Devon facing

Mobile: 07815 008 548

Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children - Plymouth facing

Mobile: 07717 541 437

Safeguarding Nurse Primary Care - Devon facing

Mobile: 07583 067 056

Safeguarding Nurse - Plymouth and Devon facing

Mobile: 07813 629 117

Safeguarding Children and Child Protection

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children's health or development
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

What is child abuse and neglect?

Abuse and neglect can happen to any child at any age from pre-birth up to the age of 18 years. It can happen in all walks of life; to children from any ethic and cultural backgrounds,to children with or without disabilities.

Abuse, neglect, harm or maltreatment can be delibrate or unintentional. It can happen by the way adults or other children and young people behave towards a child.  It can also result from adults failing to provide proper care for the children they look after.

Children and young people can experience abuse at home, at school, in lesiure activities, in fact anywhere.  The abuse is usually caused by someone the child or young person knows and rarely by a stranger.

NEW Devon CCG and safeguarding responsibilities

The Childrens Act 1989 and 2004 provide comprehensive legislation to protect and safeguard children and Section 11 of the act places a duty on all agencies to 'make arrangements to ensure that in discharging their functions, they have regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children'.

In addition, Working Together to Safeguarding Children 2015 (DOH) include the need for :

  •  Senior management commitment and clear lines of accountability
  • A clear statement of the agency's responsibilities
  • Appropriate service development and supported training programmes
  • Safe recruitment
  • Effective inter-agency working and information sharing

NEW Devon CCG commits to fulfil its responsibilities as outlined above and is an active partner in the work of Plymouth Safeguarding Board and Devon Children and Families Partnership.

NEW Devon CCG Safeguarding Children Annual Report 2016/17 NEW Devon CCG Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Policy NEW Devon CCG Safeguarding Children Policy Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2015 Nice guidance: When to suspect child maltreatment Information sharing: Pocket guidance For information on Cyberstalking, please click here Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – what practitioners need to know Plymouth safeguarding children board threshold tool Devon Safeguarding Children Board Threshold Tool

Referrals to Children's Social Care

Referrals to Children's Social Care Plymouth:

Referrals to Children's Social Care Devon:

  • Devon Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub ("MASH") 
  • Email:
  • Phone: 0345 155 1071
  • Phone: Out of hours 0845 6000 388

Referrals to Children's Social Care Torbay:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 01803 208100

Useful links to local partnerships for safeguarding children

Devon Children and Families Partnership Plymouth Safeguarding Board South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures

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