Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility to raise concerns about possible harm or abuse. In order for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part. For safeguarding procedures to be successful all the services must adopt a child centred approach and have a clear understanding of the needs and views of children, taking into account age, colour, culture, disability, ethnic, gender, medical condition, nationality, appearance, race, religion, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or social class.
Safeguarding is the term associated with the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. For safeguarding procedures to be beneficial they must reflect the following:
• The child’s needs are paramount, and the needs and wishes of each child, should be put first, so that every child receives the support they need before a problem escalates.