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.
Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHaSH)
We are facing an unprecedented situation and children and young people are understandably worried, as well as being vulnerable to other risks whilst they are not in a nursery and the school environment.
During the ongoing situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), help and advice is available to ensure the safety and well-being of children and families.
If you have a concern about COVID-19 or require information about support from early help services or sources of self-help then contact the FISH team on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to make a safeguarding referral about a child or young person who is at risk of harm, abuse or neglect or who has significant vulnerabilities they should be referred to children’s social care.
During office hours (Monday to Thursday 8:30am and 5pm, Friday 8:30 am-4:30pm), you can contact EHaSH by telephone on 01482 395500
Or by email: email@example.com
Outside of office hours, please contact the emergency duty team on 01482 393939
For further information on how to keep children safe online please click on the link below for help sheets for parents of primary-aged children and parents of secondary-aged children.
Anna Freud - National Centre for Children and Families
Please click on the link below for information on how to help support young people's mental health. The National Centre for Children and Families gives clear advice to those who are supporting children and young people.