What is Safeguarding?

Many people think that the words Safeguarding and Child Protection mean the same thing. ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Promoting Welfare’ are relatively new terms. They were brought into practice with the Children Act 2004 and are much wider used than Child Protection.  Child Protection forms just a small part of Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare.

The statutory definition of Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare is:

Safeguarding covers a wide range of activities and actions taken by a number of different people and agencies.  By ‘Safeguarding’ we mean 3 main types of activities:

Safeguarding is about keeping children safe at all times. 

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