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Safeguarding

All individual’s working with children and young people have a responsibility for keeping them safe and promoting their welfare. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment and harm.
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development.
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes so they can enter adulthood successfully.

Settings play a unique and important part in children and young people’s lives. Professionals get to know and see the children in their care regularly. Professionals may well be the first to notice any changes and concerns about a child or young person. The relationships school staff build with children and families means they are often the people that children, young people and / or families feel able to disclose their worries and challenges to.

Safeguarding is a big responsibility. Worries about the wellbeing of a child should not be carried alone and any emerging concerns should be raised with your settings designated safeguarding lead. Safeguarding policies are there to allow reflection, inform your thinking and guide you through the process.

If it does not increase risk, be as open and honest with the children, young people and their families about your concerns. Partnership working with other involved services and professionals is the best way to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people.

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In Professional Settings

Professionals should contact the Norfolk Children's Advice and Duty Service (CADS) on 0344 800 8020 for supervision and advice they will plan next steps with you.

  • A curious and questioning setting culture allows professionals and young people to feel confident their concerns will be heard and responded to. This allows for worries about the wellbeing of children and young people to be fully explored and appropriate steps taken to ensure their safety.
  • Professionals attending regular safeguarding training suitable to their role will ensure an up to date workforce and increase confidence in safeguarding processes.
  • Communicate with children’s services and /or other agencies and share information.
  • If you do not agree with the views of another professional or organisation and remain concerned about a child / young person’s wellbeing - it is very important to follow ‘professional challenge’ guidelines to resolve this. The Norfolk Safeguarding Children’s Board has advice on this.

If you think a child or young person is in immediate danger contact the police on 999. 

Resources

E-Learning

'All Our Health' offer free, bite-sized e-learning sessions - to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing. The sessions cover some of the biggest issues in public health including;

  • Childhood obesity 
  • Pollution
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

They contain signposting to trusted sources of helpful evidence, guidance and support to help professionals embed prevention in their everyday practice.

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