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Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility!

Do you work at a school, nursery or college?

Do you work at a Dental Practice or GP Surgery?

Do you run or help at a youth or sports club?

Do you provide children’s activities as part of your faith community?

Do you run a commercial leisure activity such as a riding school or dance or martial arts class?

Then safeguarding children is relevant to you. You need to keep children and young people safe from harm as well as yourself safe from allegations.

Where there are children and young people, there is the risk of abuse. There is also the opportunity for children and young people to disclose they are being abused at home, at school or elsewhere.

646,120  children in England were referred to Children’s Social Care because of safeguarding concerns for the year ended 31 March 2017 (DfE) This is an increase of 4% from the previous year.

51,080 children were the subject of a child protection plan for the year ended 31 March 2017, an increase of 1.2% from the previous year  (DfE)

389,430 children were considered to be in need for year ended 31 March 2017, a decrease of 1.3% from the previous year (DfE)

Source DfE Children in Need statistics published 8.11.17

Voluntary organisations and private sector providers play an important role in delivering services and activities for children and young people.

There is guidance, training and advice on keeping children and young people safe from harm. For example, the NSPCC with the Child Protection in Sport Unit and Sport England gives advice and help in developing codes of practice and child protection procedures to sports clubs.

Every organisation and club working with children or young people without their parents needs to take safeguarding children seriously and should have a safeguarding policy and procedure and an understanding of the Common Assessment Framework.

If you have concerns about a child or young person that they might be suffering, or may be at risk of suffering, harm, you should contact your Local Authority Children’s Social Care Team or call the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000. In an emergency call the police on 999.

For further advice, see Working Together to Safeguard Children https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children–2 (DfE 2015) which provides guidance on how everyone should work together to promote children and young people’s welfare and safeguard them from harm.

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