Safeguarding children

Safeguarding children


This section focuses on safeguarding issues for children and young people.
Safeguarding children covers any action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – this is everyone’s responsibility. 
Safeguarding is defined in ‘Working together to safeguard children 2015’ as

  • Protecting children from maltreatment 
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development 
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care 
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Whilst the range of safeguarding activity undertaken is broad and varied, the information in the JSNA (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment) relates solely to the statutory activity of Children’s Social Care and includes those children who meet the legal definition of a Child in Need (CiN) within the Children Act (1989, 2004.) More information can be found on the Children in Need page

Read our Safeguarding children information (PDF document) for more details.