What is safeguarding
Safeguarding is to prevent harm; child protection is how we respond to harm.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and, all organisations that work with or have contact with children and adults at risk must demonstrate compliance with this responsibility.
Safeguarding is the policies and practices that organisations follow to keep children and adults safe and promote their well-being. This can cover things such as recruitment of staff, recognising the signs of abuse, and ensuring that all staff are aware of legislation and safe practices.
All organisations that work with or have contact with children and adults at risk must demonstrate compliance with this responsibility.
- preventing harm to a child’s health and/or development
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes
Children includes everyone under the age of 18
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding practice. Child Protection is the activity that is undertaken to protect children who are likely to suffer harm or already suffering significant harm. Child protection is what is in place to protect children who have already experienced harm, abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation, or have otherwise been harmed.