Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

Promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should consider at all times what is in the best interests of the child.

No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and their families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

This topic sets out the general safeguarding procedures a school should follow. Advice on addressing some specific issues that increase pupils’ need for protection, including vulnerability to radicalisation, can be found in the Vulnerable Children topic.

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