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What is Safeguarding?

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is about prevention of harm and early intervention to minimise the impact on the child.  Safeguarding is a proactive preventative approach to child protection. Safeguarding examples include: 

  • Creating a culture where safeguarding and child protection is everyone’s responsibility.
  • Implementing a procedure to ensure staff recruited are safe to be working with children (safe recruitment).
  • Codes of Conduct for staff, volunteers, children and families.
  • Establishing protocols regarding transportation, overnight stays or billeting of children.
  • Zero tolerance of bullying.
  • Robust Child Protection Policy and procedures, which everyone in the organisation knows and uses.
  • Regular Child Protection training.
  • Child centred practise.

Child protection is a reactive approach. It is part of a safeguarding process but details the action to follow when a child is identified as suffering from, or likely to suffer from serious harm – for example, a disclosure or suspected abuse and neglect.


Safeguarding Culture diagram