Safeguarding children and adults

At the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, we are fully committed to safeguarding children and adults and their families. 

Safeguarding children at the Royal Free London

We take a number of steps to ensure that we follow robust safeguarding procedures for children at each of our hospitals. Every member of hospital staff employed by the trust understands that they have a responsibility to safeguard children and they are supported by the named doctor and nurse in doing this. 

We follow the guidance in the London child protection procedures and work closely with multi-disciplinary colleagues.

A number of safeguarding procedures for vulnerable children are in place. These include: 

  • a proactive safeguarding children team
  • flagging systems for children subject to child protection plans
  • a robust child protection training schedule
  • written updates for all hospital staff on safeguarding procedures and issues
  • participation in multi-agency audits and active participation in local safeguarding children boards and related groups 

To read our patient information leaflet on skeletal surveys in children, click here.

Safeguarding adults at the Royal Free London

Adults also need protection. If you or another adult are at risk of being harmed in any way by another person, you should contact social care. If you are a resident of Barnet local authority, please contact Barnet social care. If you are a resident of Camden local authority, please contact Camden social care. If you are a resident of Enfield local authority, please contact Enfield social care. Alternatively, call the police or an ambulance, on 999, if the person is in immediate danger or needs medical treatment.