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.