An Introduction to Safeguarding & Child Protection

This is a sensitive and emotive subject which raises many issues. It is important for us to acknowledge that some people will find the information disturbing, and for some colleagues it may bring back difficult memories of their own childhood.

Aims

  • To introduce the subjects of child protection and safeguarding and the different ways children can be harmed.
  • To provide information on how to recognise some indicators of child abuse and neglect.
  • To explain what to do if you have concerns about a child.
  • Appreciate your own role and responsibilities and those of others in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Child protection is part of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Safeguarding is what we do for all students as child protection is where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, action should be taken to protect that child.

Action should also be taken to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk.

Keeping children safe in education is statutory guidance for schools and colleges who must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Children are unique and varied individuals. Their response to trauma will be as individual as they are.

Child abuse can happen to any child in any family in any organisation or setting

Children are more likely to be abused by people they know