These pages are dedicated to practitioners working with children and young people whether in a paid or unpaid role.
For a particular subject area please see the list on the right and link on that page for more information on that subject.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and in particular protecting them from significant harm, depends on effective joint working between agencies and practitioners that have different roles and expertise.
Individual children, especially some of the most vulnerable children and those at greatest risk of suffering harm and social exclusion, will need co-ordinated help from health, education, early years, children’s social care, the voluntary sector and other agencies, including youth justice services.
What role do practitioners and volunteers play in safeguarding children?
All practitioners/volunteers should:
- be alert to potential signs of abuse or neglect
- be alert to the risks of harm that individual abusers, or potential abusers, may pose to children particularly within their organisation or group setting
- prioritise direct communication and positive and respectful; relationships with children, ensuring the child’s wishes and feelings underpin assessments and any safeguarding activities
- share and help to analyse information so that an assessment can be made of whether the child is suffering or is likely to suffer harm, their needs and circumstances
- contribute to whatever actions are needed to safeguard and promote the child’s welfare; take part in regularly reviewing the outcomes for the child against specific plans
- work co-operatively with parents, unless this is inconsistent with ensuring the child’s safety
Child Protection leaflets
- Emotional Neglect and Emotional Abuse on pre-school children (PDF).
- Neglect or emotional abuse in children aged 5-14 (PDF).
- Neglect and Emotional Abuse in teenagers aged 13 to 18
- Bruises on children (PDF).
- Oral Injuries and Bites (PDF).
- Fractures in Children (PDF).
- Thermal Injuries (PDF).
- Spinal and Head Injuries (PDF).
- Neglect Matters
- Worried about a child? How you can protect children from abuse
Child medical examinations
- Guidance to support Child Protection medicals (Word)
- Flow chart for Child Protection Medicals (PDF).
- Referral process for Child Sexual Abuse Medical Assessment (PDF).
- Request form for Child Protection Medical (PDF). This form is for Social Workers and Police Officers to complete the first section, once it has been identified that the child/ young person between the ages of 2-18 years of age, requires a child protection medical from SEPT Community Paediatric Services.
Photos on websites
The use of photos on websites and in other publications poses direct and indirect risks to children and young people. Organisations wishing to use images of the children they work with or are otherwise in contact with must therefore have a policy in place to safeguard the children involved. For more information visit the NSPCC website.
Safer Working Practice guidance
What to do if you are worried about a child being abused has been updated in March 2015
If you are worried a child is being abused find help and advice on GOV.UK here.
Working Together to Safeguard Children
Revisions to Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2015
Following consultation the government has updated and replaced the current statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children revised and published in 2013.
The revisions include changes to:
1. the referral of allegations against those who work with children;
2. notifiable incidents involving the care of a child; and
3. the definition of serious harm for the purposes of serious case reviews.