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What is safeguarding?

It might be difficult to accept, but every child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity.

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

“the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.”

Working together to safeguard children (HM Government 2013)

“Your Local Safeguarding Children Board has been set up by the local authority. It has strategic role to play in protecting children in your area.

The role of the LSCB is to:

  • Coordinate what is done by everyone on the LSCB to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the area
  • Make sure that each organisation acts effectively when they are doing this.

The LSCB publishes policies and procedures for child protection in their area.

 To know more about Safeguarding Children Click on this Link.