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Safeguarding - Introduction

"Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business"

In its broadest terms, safeguarding is everybody’s business. Abuse can happen to anyone, anywhere, and responsibility for dealing with it lies with us all as members of the public, volunteers and professionals.

There are specific responsibilities and duties in relation to children who are experiencing or are at risk of significant harm. Whilst the Children’s Service play a lead role, safeguarding children and protecting them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and young people has a part to play in safeguarding their welfare, whether they are:

  • In direct contact with children, young people and/or adults at risk;
  • A manager with responsibility for creating a safe environment for services;
  • A member of a management committee or board of trustees with responsibility for ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are implemented within the organisation.

Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare includes:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment or things that are bad for their health or development;
  • Making sure children grow up in circumstances that allow safe and effective care;
  • Taking action to give all children the best chance in life.

Effectively safeguarding children and young people means:

  • A child-centred and co-ordinated approach to safeguarding;
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s’ responsibility;
  • Children and young people are respected and their views heard.

This manual is intended to provide the guidance needed for anyone working to safeguard children and young people, including those working in Health and Community Services, Police, other services and the voluntary sector.

It aims to ensure that all those concerned with safeguarding and protecting children and young people from harm are aware of their roles and responsibilities and that these are carried out effectively.

These procedures are based on the Children’s [Jersey] Law 2002 and Working Together to Safeguard Children, which is reflected in the Safeguarding Partnership Board Memorandum of Understanding. In essence, these set out the process of a multi-agency agreement for safeguarding and protecting children and young people.

Amendments to this Chapter

In June 2019, this chapter was slightly udpated.