Every child should be kept safe
Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding children and young

What is safeguarding?
It might be difficult to accept, but every child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused,
regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity.
Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:

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 and young people have the best outcome

“the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is
everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a
role to play.” (Working together to safeguard children (HM Government 2013))


Some of the facts:

Almost one in five children today has experienced serious physical abuse, sexual abuse or
severe physical or emotional neglect at some point in their lifetime.

One in 10 children in the UK has been neglected.

There were a total of 21,493 sexual offences against children recorded by police in the UK in

One in 14 children in the UK has been physically abused.

Around one in five children in the UK has been exposed to domestic violence.

On average, every week in the UK, at least one child is killed at the hands of another person.

Over a third of serious case reviews involves a child under one.

For every child placed on a child protection plan or the child protection register, we estimate
there are another eight children who are suffering from abuse and neglect and not getting
the support they need.

There were more than 91,000 looked after children in the UK in 2012.