Definitions

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

• protecting children from maltreatment;
• preventing impairment of children's health or development;
• ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
• taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Child protection generally refers to the action taken when there is 'reasonable cause to suspect a child is suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm' resulting in a need for the local authority social care services to make enquiries and decide if any action must be taken under section 47 of the Children Act 1989.

Hide this section
Show accessibility tools