Safeguarding Children and Young People

2.1 – Explain the importance of safeguarding children and young people.

Safeguarding children and young people is everybody’s responsibility.   It should be a concern of the whole community and all public services, not just ones providing directly to children and young people.
As professionals, we have a duty to ensure that children and young people are protected while they are in our care and that where we have other concerns outside school, these are investigated fully. School policies and procedures need to be such that parents and governors are aware of them and that staff are fully trained with regard to safeguarding. Schools will need to consider and include in their policies:
  a) Children’s physical safety and security on the premises and on off-site visits
  b) Children’s safety when in home environment
  c) E-safety and security when using the Internet
  d) Staff awareness and training
  e) Monitoring and record keeping
  f) Partnership and involvement with other agencies.

Children and young adults are vulnerable and easily susceptible to serious harm if appropriate action for their safety is not taken. They do not yet have the physical and mental ability developed enough to care for themselves and need appropriate care and protection from adults around them.  
Health professionals and social care workers have a duty of care towards children under their care and as such they should do everything they can to keep the children and young adults safe from harm.
The younger the child is, the more vigilant the carer should be and the greater the duty of care is.   This should continue until the child has the ability to anticipate and deal with potential dangers, has a more robust immune system, has empathy for others, and has communication skills developed enough to be able to articulate harm to themselves carried out by others....