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Please could anyone explain when we talk about safeguarding is it child protection or is it safeguarding as in the statutory guidance that encompasses staff, premises, health etc??


We have had a discussion and when some staff talk about safeguarding they refer to it as child protection whilst another said no that is child protection safeguarding is everything we do to keep children safe :blink:

staff were confused if they have a safeguarding concern they should say be more specific and say we have a child protection concern?



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This explains it in a straightforward way. In a nutshell, safeguarding is everything we do to keep children safe. Child protection is the things we do to keep a specific child safe who is either being harmed or at risk of being harmed.


Hope that helps.

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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

Protecting children from maltreatment

Preventing impairment of child's health or development

Ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes


Child protection is 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.


Working together to safeguard children 2013 sets out how organisations and indiduals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children.


This is taken from the Department of Education website dated July 2013


Hope this helps. :)


Snap Beehive :)

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