Evidence suggests that community-based safeguarding and child protection strategies are effective when they are owned and driven by the local community.
An empowered community can be influential in identifying:
- The most vulnerable children.
- Barriers individuals and organisations face to protect children.
- Where gaps lie and how to make improvements.
- Learning and support needs.
- Harmful attitudes and behaviours.
- Local child protection issues.
- Local solutions and mapping local services, including referral pathways.
- Community strengths.
- How to keep all children safe.
Safeguarding Children has the capability to advise, train and provide resources for the community to build their knowledge, manage risk and keep children safe.