Safeguarding and child protection

All organisations that work with or come into contact with children should have safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm.

Setting up and following good safeguarding policies and procedures means children are safe from adults and other children who might pose a risk. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Resources and guidance

For schools and colleges

Training, lesson plans, guidance and resources for schools and colleges.

 

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For voluntary and community groups

Resources for voluntary and community sector groups and organisations.

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For faith communities

Guidance about safeguarding from within the beliefs, teachings and cultural context of faith communities. 

 

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For performing arts

Advice and guidance for keeping children safe in music, drama, dance, TV and theatre.

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d/Deaf and disabled children

How organisations can protect d/Deaf and disabled children from abuse.

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Writing a safeguarding policy

Guidance on setting out a safeguarding policy for your organisation.

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Safer recruitment

Explains what organisations need to do to make sure the people who work or volunteer for them are safe to work with children.

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Photography and sharing images

Guidance for organisations, clubs and schools.

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Recommended adult to child ratios

Guidance on staffing and supervision ratios for working with children.

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Child protection system in the UK

Information about how child protection works in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as a list of key dates and terms.

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Radicalisation

Organisations can help prevent radicalisation. Find out more about why it's a safeguarding concern, what can make children vulnerable and what you can do to help protect them.

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Online safety for organisations and groups

Guidance for organisations and groups about communicating with children and young people online and through social media.

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