Safeguarding is the responsibility of everybody who works with children and young people. We know from Serious Case Reviews and from high profile tragic cases such as Victoria Climbie and Peter Connelly that when practitioners do not work together effectively, their ability to safeguard children and young people can be compromised.
According to the Department of Education (DofE, March 2011), safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
Protecting children from maltreatment
Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
Ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
The DofE define child protection as a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
'For further information on child protection in Leeds, please refer to Leeds’ procedures for the safeguarding and protection of children’
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