What is Safeguarding children?
Safeguarding refers to everything we do to keep all children safe from harm. Safeguarding is often used to mean Child Protection, but the two phrases have quite distinct meanings. Child Protection describes the actions that will be taken to keep children who are at risk of harm, or have been harmed, safe from further difficulty.
Safeguarding includes the following aspects:
- ensure that the adults working with children and young people are safe
- ensuring that a record is kept of any concerns that may arise
- pupils’ health and safety
- bullying, including cyber-bullying (by text message, on social networking sites, and so on)
- racist abuse
- harassment and discrimination
- use of physical intervention
- meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
- providing first aid
- drug and substance misuse
- educational visits
- intimate care
- internet or e-safety
- issues which may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity
- appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context.