Working with young children – The importance of safeguarding

If you are an organisation who works with young people you will already know the importance of safeguarding. Everyone who work with or come into contact with children should have safeguarding polices and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity, can be protected from harm. (NSPCC)

If you fall into this category it is essential to have prepared and to be following your own safeguarding policy and procedure. When children are in your care you are responsible for their wellbeing and you must ensure the way you work those children keeps them safe and does not place them at unacceptable risk of harm.

The policies you have in place must be followed by anybody who comes into contact with the child so everyone must be aware of  your policies and procedures. It is also your responsibility to undergo safe recruitment and look into the backgrounds thoroughly of anybody who will come into conduct with children in your care.

The DFE is responsible for child protection in England (each country in the UK has it’s own legislation) however, at a local level, Local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) co-ordinate, and ensure the effectiveness of, work to protect and promote the welfare of children.  Each local board includes: local authorities, health bodies, the police and others, including the voluntary and independent sectors. The LSCBs are responsible for local child protection policy, procedure and guidance.

We cannot stress the importance of up-to-date training

You may all have seen the recent NSPCC advert ‘Say something’ which is a very poignant advert about children needing an outlet to be able to talk. Everyone involved in working with children should be aware of the policy and procedure in a situation such as this and the importance of that role. It could change a child’s life.

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