Safeguarding children is everyone's business.
Safeguarding is essentially about keeping children and young people safe from abuse or neglect.
All those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work, including people who do not have a specific role in relation to child protection, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
You are likely to be involved in three main ways:
- You may have concerns about a child, and refer those concerns to Children’s Social Care or the police (via your designated teacher in the case of staff in schools);
- You may be approached by Children’s Social Care and asked to provide information about a child or family, or to be involved in an assessment, or to attend a child protection conference. This may happen regardless of who made the referral to Children’s Social Care;
- You may be asked to carry out a specific type of assessment, or provide help or a specific service to the child or a member of their family as part of an agreed plan and contribute to the reviewing of the child's progress (including attending child protection conferences).