Child Protection: is Part of the safeguarding process, where it is necessary to take action when there is reasonable belief that a child or young person is at risk of significant harm. Safeguarding: is about promoting children and young people’s welfare and putting measures in place to improve children’s safety and prevent abuse.
When we think of Child Protection and Safeguarding, we automatically think of abuse in all forms (physical, sexual, mental and verbal) and neglect by parents/cares or abuse by strangers. We also think about the term, Looked after children: meaning children that are in care, looked after by the Local Authority or any child or young person that has been looked after by the council’s Children’s Services Department for more than 24 hours. And the term, Children in Need: A child or young person in need is under the age of 18 and is unlikely to achieve or maintain or have the opportunity to achieve or maintain a reasonable standard of health or development without the provision of services from the Local Authority. This term can also refer to a child or young person with a disability. But children and young people also face risks that come under the wider concept of safeguarding from: Road accidents, accidents in the home, bulling, being a victim of crime themselves, parents with problems (alcohol, drug abuse, domestic violence) Internet safety, Cyber bullying as well as suicide and self-harm.
The Staying Safe: Action Plan which was published in 2007 recognises the above as also being important within the wider view of safeguarding children.
(Improving Children and young people’s safety depends on a wide range of people- Practitioners, agencies working in partnership through LSCBs, national inspectorates, central and local government and crucially parents, children and young people themselves.)
Pg6, chapter 1 of the Staying