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Safeguarding children

Safeguarding children

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing the highest quality of care for children and young people.

Safeguarding is essential to providing health care; this includes protecting their health, human rights and ensuring they are free from harm, abuse or neglect.

‘The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm is 'everyone’s responsibility’

Safeguarding is protecting children and young people from maltreatment.  This may include one or more forms of abuse.

Forms of abuse:

  • Physical abuse   
  • Sexual abuse  
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect  

If you think that a child (under 18 years) is at risk of being harmed or neglected you should tell:

  • A member of hospital staff
  • A nurse or doctor
  • A social worker

To contact a social worker, please contact the local council in the area in which the child lives. The local council have a legal duty to protect children from maltreatment. Referrals from a member of the public can be made anonymously.

If you suspect that a vulnerable adult you know is being abused call:

Emergency Duty Team
(5.00pm - 9.00am Mon-Fri, 24 hrs on weekends and bank holidays)
Tel: 01344 786543

Between 9.00am - 5.00pm:

If you live in Reading: 0118 937 3641                       
If you live in West Berkshire: 01635 503090            
If you live in Bracknell: 01344 786543                       
If you live in Wokingham: 0118 908 8002                 
If you live in Slough: 01753 690898 or 01753 875591                        
If you live in Windsor / Maidenhead: 01628 683150   

If you think the situation is urgent because someone is at immediate risk of harm, take yourself out of danger, and dial 999 for the police.

Useful Contacts

Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust
Craven Road

0118 322 5111


    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust,
    London Road,
    RG1 5AN
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    Tel: 0118 322 5111