in safeguarding the welfare of children and
Schools have a responsibility to:
● develop children’s awareness and their knowledge of what is acceptable and not acceptable behaviour, including when using the Internet
● know, support and protect children who are identified as being at greater risk – that is, on the ‘at risk register’
● provide opportunities for professional training of all staff relating to safeguarding
● put into place policies and security systems for e-learning activities, for example, provide training for children and use filtering software ● observe for signs that abuse may be happening, changes in children’s behaviour or failure to thrive, and refer any concerns
● monitor, keep records and share appropriate information with other Agencies
Children’s social care
Children’s social care has a key role to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in need. To do this, they must work in partnership with parents and other agencies. When concern has been raised about a child, and they are thought to be at risk, children’s social care has particular responsibilities to decide on the course of action to take. If it is found that the child may be at risk of harm or abuse social workers will: ● carry out an initial assessment of children who are thought to be at risk to ﬁ nd out about: for example, the child’s needs, the ability of parents to meet the child’s needs, family and environmental factors ● meet and conduct interviews with the child and family members ● liaise with and gather relevant information about the child and their circumstances from other agencies
● take the lead during the Child Protection Conference
● take action when a child is thought to be in immediate danger.
The police work closely with children’s social care to protect children from harm. The police have particular role to play. All forces have a Child...