What is Safeguarding?
The phrases ‘child protection’ and ‘safeguarding’ are often used interchangeably, but the word have distinct meanings. The key statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ explains what safeguarding is:
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Put simply safeguarding is:
- Child protection
- Supporting vulnerable children
- Safe care, at home, in school and in the community
- Taking action
It might be useful to think of safeguarding as being the filing cabinet and child protection is simply one drawer.
Safeguarding is most successful when all aspects are integrated together. Three key elements include a clear safeguarding ethos, a policy that sets out clear expectations and processes, and high-quality training that ensures staff know what to do and do it consistently across the school.
Other key aspects of safeguarding include:
- Safer Recruitment
- Safer Perimeter
- Community issues
- Online safety
- Partnership working
- Transition Planning
The diagram below shows how the different aspects of safeguarding fit together. To be most effective all elements should be integrated.