Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility to raise concerns about possible harm or abuse
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility to raise concerns about possible harm or abuse. In order for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part. For safeguarding procedures to be successful all the services must adopt a child centred approach and have a clear understanding of the needs and views of children, taking into account age, colour, culture, disability, ethnic, gender, medical condition, nationality, appearance, race, religion, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or social class.
Safeguarding is the term associated with the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. For safeguarding procedures to be beneficial they must reflect the following:
• The child’s needs are paramount, and the needs and wishes of each child, should be put first, so that every child receives the support they need before a problem escalates.
• All professionals who come into contact with children and families are alert to their needs and any risks of harm that individual abusers, or potential abusers, may present to children.
• All professionals share appropriate information in a timely way and can discuss any concerns about an individual child with colleagues and local authority children’s social care.
• High quality professionals are able to use their expert judgement to put the child’s needs at the heart of the safeguarding system so that the right solution can be found for each individual child.
• All professionals contribute to whatever actions are needed to safeguard and promote a child’s welfare and take part in regularly reviewing the outcomes for the child against specific plans and outcomes.