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The Local Safeguarding Children Board works to the definition of Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children which is:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

(Reference: Working Together 2015)

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility and effective safeguarding arrangements are underpinned by two key principles:

  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
  • Effective safeguarding is child centred

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It is important to listen to what children say. Children want to be respected, they want their views to be heard, they want to have stable relationships with professionals built on trust and for consistent support to be provided for their individual needs.

Children have said they need:

  • Vigilance: for adults to notice when things are troubling them
  • Understanding and Action: to understand what is happening, to be heard and have that understanding acted upon
  • Stability: they want to be able to develop ongoing stable relationships of trust with those adults helping them
  • Respect: to be treated with the expectation that they are competent rather than not
  • Information and Engagement: to be informed about and involved in decisions, concerns and plans
  • Explanation: to be informed of the outcomes of assessments and decisions, and to know the reasons why their views have not been met with a positive response
  • Support: to be provided with support in their own right as well as a member of their family
  • Advocacy: to be provided with advocates to assist them in putting their views forward