The children safeguarding team at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) recently visited Portcullis House, Westminster to attend an event held by charity, True Honour.
True Honour charity founded by Sarbjit Athwal, former police community support officer, recognises and supports victims of honour based violence and forced marriage.
Sally Stimpson and Vicky Abbott, nurses for safeguarding children at SASH, work closely with Sarbjit, who is also a survivor of honour based violence and has previously been invited to speak at safeguarding training sessions held for staff at East Surrey Hospital.
The safeguarding children training, eligible to all staff, raises awareness about harmful practices and highlights the importance of understanding the impact on victims and children, encouraging them to seek help and support. SASH also welcomes speakers to discuss increasing problems within Home Counties such as; child exploitation, children involved in gangs and gun crime. The team also ensure that processes, procedures and policies with regards to safeguarding children are in place.
Sally said: “If you are worried about a child or vulnerable family, doing nothing is not an option – do not miss an opportunity to save a life.”
“It is a great privilege to be recognised for the work we are doing in training staff about protecting children from harmful practices. We have received a wealth of support from multiple organisations and speakers who have been able to share their personal experiences and help us raise awareness as a Trust.”