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How to safeguard children and young people

How to safeguard children and young people

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Safeguard Children and Young People
This How To guide offers a practical introduction to safeguarding children and young people. Along with guidance on how to ensure they remain safe in different situations, it also provides basic information on creating a safeguarding policy. What is safeguarding?
The term ‘safeguarding’ describes the broader preventative and precautionary approach to planning and procedures that need to be in place to protect children and young people from any potential harm or damage. It is about more than child protection, although child protection is one important aspect of safeguarding.

Creating a safe environment through safeguarding policies
Safeguarding policies should be used to create an environment where there is no negligence or unnecessary exposure to avoidable risks. Where risks do need to be taken, safeguarding policies will ensure that they are calculated, carefully managed and communicated to both children, young people, their parents or carers and to paid staff and volunteers. They are not designed to stifle activities, eradicate all spirit of adventure from your work programmes, or to replace the trust between the people in your organisation with that of suspicion.

Child protection and safeguarding – what is the difference?
Child protection involves recognising signs of physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect and acting on it. Safeguarding involves keeping children and young people safe from a much wider range of potential harm and looks at preventative action, not just reaction.

Adopting a young person-centered approach
Children and young people should be involved in the development and implementation of safeguarding policies because they often know best when they feel safe and what can be done to prevent harm. However, it should be remembered that there are occasions when this is not the case and it is the responsibility of the adults and professionals involved to make sure that children and young people are kept safe. Involving children and young people will help to promote an environment where their welfare is paramount and begin to establish a culture of honesty and openness. It will also help a child or young person recognise that their voice and views are important and valued which, in turn, will mean they are more likely to feel able to raise any worries or concerns.

Why is safeguarding important?
Organisations that work with and support children and young people do so in many different ways and have a responsibility to keep them safe. Children and young people need safe environments in which they can grow with confidence.

What does it involve?
Good participatory and youth work practice demands that employers of adults who work with children and young people are thorough in their recruitment, management and risk assessments so that children, young people, paid staff and volunteers are safe and confident in the work being delivered.

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