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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children refers to:

  • 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 aim of safeguarding is to enable children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.


What’s the difference between Safeguarding and Child Protection?


Safeguarding is an ‘umbrella’ term that incorporates child protection. Child Protection is the process and activities undertaken to fulfil statutory obligations to protect specific children who have been identified as suffering, or at risk of significant harm.  All agencies and individuals should proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.