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Safeguarding and Child Protection

  What is Safeguarding?

‘Safeguarding children is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – it is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.’ Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

Safeguarding is:
  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children's health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

What is Child Protection?

‘Child protection refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.’ Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out the statutory functions under the 1989 and 2004 Children’s Acts that places duties in relation to children in need and children suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (pdf)

Childcare providers may be the first people to notice possible signs of abuse and neglect so it is important that all providers feel confident in knowing what to look out for and what to do if they have concerns.