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Background Information Safeguarding Group 1

What does safeguarding mean?:

What does safeguarding mean? Safeguarding is a relatively new term – it is everything concerned with keeping children safe. It covers everything from child protection to accidents, crime and bullying. It is about what is best for children. Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. In safeguarding children, sharing information is important as each person only knows part of the child’s story, one piece of the jigsaw.

Why is this important?:

Why is this important? Caring for children is challenging. A vital part of parenting is setting and maintaining boundaries of reasonable behaviour for children. The best way to do this is to reinforce positive behaviour . The NSPCC says that “talking, listening, explaining, negotiating and setting limits are always better then hitting”

Why we need to know:

Why we need to know There have been regular enquiries into the deaths of children. For example Victoria Climbie in 2000, Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells in 2002 and Baby Peter (Peter Conolly ) in 2007 In all of these cases, professionals were found to have missed signs that the children were at risk It is therefore important for everyone to make sure that they are equipped to spot the signs and know how to respond if they are concerned about the welfare of a child All staff and volunteers therefore have a responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare and know what to do if they have concerns

The impact of abuse and neglect:

The impact of abuse and neglect The abuse or neglect of any child can have a major long-term effect on all aspects of their development, health and well-being. Safeguarding children is every individual’s and every organisation’s responsibility

Professional responsibilities:

Professional responsibilities SO WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO ? All professionals involved with children and their families (even where their main work is with adults) have a responsibility to: Recognise where children are in need, or suffering, or at risk of suffering significant harm Be able to assess the needs of a child and the capacity of parent/carer(s) to meet those needs Act to protect children from harm Maintain records that are “fit for purpose”

Working Together To Safeguard Children 2010:

Working Together To Safeguard Children 2010 This is government guidance on how individuals and organisations must work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It covers: Roles and responsibilities of people and agencies working with children and adults Local Safeguarding Children Boards ( LSCBs ) Inter-agency training to improve cooperation Managing cases of children where there are concerns about their safety and welfare Child death overview processes Serious Case Reviews Lessons from research Safeguarding children who are particularly vulnerable Managing individuals who pose a risk of harm to children

The scale of need in England:

The scale of need in England Of the 11 million children in England.... 920,000 live with the implications of a parent or carer’s drug or alcohol misuse 200,000 live in households where there is a high risk case involving domestic violence 235,000 are children in need receiving support from a local authority 60,000 are looked after by a local authority 37,000 are the subject of a Care Order (full or interim) 29,000 are the subject of a Child Protection Plan 1,300 are privately supported 300 are in secure accommodation (Laming 2009)

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"Every full double-decker school bus at the end of the day is likely to be taking home around 7 seriously unhappy children. Most of the lower deck would at some time during their childhood have been going home to serious worries. Approximately 10 children may be going home to a 'double- shift' of cleaning, laundry, shopping and preparing meals, and 2 or 3 will be in fear of violence between their parents while they were out, or of what might happen that evening.” NSPCC 2007

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On a more positive note - A bus holds 70 passengers therefore 63 of the children will be going home happy. Most parents want the best for their children and do a fantastic job, often in difficult circumstances.

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