What is Safeguarding?

  • 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 to have the best life chances

You will find below a valuable resource of information relating to safeguarding that we will update regularly.

A collection of weekly updates and reminders covering all aspects of safeguarding and child protection.

You may need a child performance licence for any child taking part in a public performance, sporting event or modelling assignment. In England, a young person must be in part-time education or training until they’re 18. There are different legal requirements depending on the age of the child and the nature of employment.

Domestic Abuse and Violence has a devastating impact on children and young people that can last into adulthood. It is always a child protection concern. Children living with domestic violence suffer emotional and psychological trauma. This means that children may grow up to think it is okay to use violence.

FGM also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia.

Mental Health affects about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

Radicalisation is defined as the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism and, in some cases, to then participate in terrorist activity. From 1 July 2015 all schools, registered early years childcare providers and registered later years childcare providers are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the “Prevent Duty”.

A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This doesn’t have to be physical contact and it can happen online. Sometimes the child won’t understand that what’s happening to them is abuse. They may not even understand that it’s wrong.

CSE is a type of sexual abuse.  Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed and exploited online.