Understanding Safeguarding
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Safeguarding and Child Protection

The term "child protection" has been expanded to safeguarding to include the wider responsibility for health, safety, and prevention of harm as well as protection from abuse. Safeguarding may be defined as: Doing everything possible to minimise the risk of harm to children and young people.

Safeguarding is about being proactive and putting measures in place in advance of any contact with children to ensure that children are going to be kept safe.

*The terms 'children' and 'young people' will be used interchangeably through this learning.

The term 'parents' will be used throughout this resources but please note this term is used to cover the child’s primary carer or guardian as well.