What is Safeguarding?

Below is a short extract from our Introduction to Child Protection course:

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • 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;
  • and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

‘Safeguarding children – 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. From Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013

The main statutory agencies responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children include:

  • Children’s Social Care Services (Lead on all child safeguarding and protection issues)
  • Police (Lead on all criminal investigations)
  • Health
  • Education
  • Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS)
  • Probation
  • The Voluntary Sector

But everyone who works with children has a responsibility for keeping them safe. No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances and, if children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

To learn more about child safeguarding and what your role and responsibilities are consider taking one of our online training courses.  Courses are available as a general version, suitable for all, or in specific versions for dental staff, childminders, sports personal, equestrian volunteers or those who work in education.