Harlow Council takes its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and works in line with the Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Child Protection Procedures (pdf) and the SET Safeguarding Adults Guidelines.

Whilst Harlow Council does not have a statutory responsibility for child protection (this lies with Essex County Council) it is obliged to perform certain functions that will help safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the area.

Section 47 of the Children Act 1989 sets out duties for the local authority (Essex County Council) around making enquiries in certain circumstances to decide whether it should take any action to safeguard or promote the welfare of a child. Harlow Council has a duty to assist the local authority in making these enquiries.

Section 10 of the Children Act 2004 states that each local authority must make arrangements to promote co-operation between the authority and its partners and any other relevant persons or bodies working with children in the area. Section 11 of this Act requires a range of organisations (including district councils) to ensure that their functions, and services provided on their behalf, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Section 13 of the Act requires a range of organisations, including Harlow Council, to participate in Local Safeguarding Boards.

Harlow Council has a designated Safeguarding Officer that leads on this important area of work and its own Child Adult Safeguarding Policy (pdf). This policy commits all Harlow Council staff, Councillors and volunteers, regardless of their role, to report and refer any concerns they may develop regarding the safety of any young person or vulnerable adult.

Child Sexual Exploitation and Honour Based Abuse (including Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation) are also areas of work that the Council takes seriously and therefore works with a range of partners to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults in relation to these matters.

The Council has appropriate internal procedures to deal with safeguarding concerns and works hard to ensure that its workforce is suitably trained in safeguarding matters. Further, the Council operates safe recruitment procedures to ensure that only the most suitable people are employed to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. An e-learning safeguarding awareness training module has been completed by every member of staff and the Council will continue to ensure that staff have opportunities for learning which will enable them to deal swiftly and efficiently with safeguarding concerns.

Mental Capacity Act/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Policy – updated for 2016

The Safeguarding Adult Boards’ across SET (Southend, Essex and Thurrock) have updated the Mental Capacity Act/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA/DoLS) Policy, Guidance and Mental Capacity Assessment Form.

The purpose of the document is to provide the framework for assessing people’s mental capacity, as well as assessing best interests in line with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2009 and Codes of Practice. The policy aims for service users feel they have access to: a) good information and advice b) support in making specific decisions c) flexible care and support and d) risk enablement to allow them to plan and keep control.

Essex Safeguarding Children Board

Essex Safeguarding Children Board
Room C228
County Hall

General enquiries: 0333 013 8936 or
Training enquires: 0333 013 8937 or
If you are concerned about a child call 0345 603 7627

Essex Safeguarding Adults Board

Essex Safeguarding Adults Board
ESAB Support Team
E3 (Zone 1)
County Hall

General enquiries: 03330 131019 or
Training enquiries: 03330 139913 or
If you are concerned about an adult call Social Care Direct 0345 6037630