There are over 11 million children under 18 in England. In 2014-2015, over 390,000 children received support from children’s services and over 49,000 children were identified as needing protection from abuse. The main concern identified in 45% of child protection plans was neglect.
Department of Education 2015.
In the NSPCC report ‘How safe are our children?’ the key findings were:
- All four countries in the UK have seen an increase in sexual offences against children over the last year.
- England and Wales have seen an increase in the number of recorded cruelty and neglect offences.
- Reports of online abuse have increased, including the number of recorded obscene publication offences, the number of child abuse images online and a rise in the number of Childline counselling sessions about sexting and cyberbullying.
How safe are our Children NSPCC 2016.
- Know what is meant by Safeguarding.
- Identify relevant legislation.
- Understand the importance of a child-centred approach.
- Recognise indicators of abuse.
- Understand the importance of the rights and needs of the child.
- Be aware of the need to work in partnership with parents / carers and other agencies.
- Develop an awareness of domestic abuse, radicalisation, child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation (FGM) and honour-based abuse.
- Identify procedures for reporting concerns and issues around safeguarding.
Who has responsibility?
The government says it is the responsibility of everyone to protect all children by being aware of what is meant by the terms harm or abuse and being aware of how to raise concerns if we think a child may be at risk of harm / abuse.
This means if you work with children it is both yours and your employer’s responsibility to ensure that the way in which you work keeps the children in your care safe and does not place them at an unacceptable risk of harm.
This manual aims to ensure that you have a working understanding of your role in keeping the children in your care safe and know how to report and record any concerns or issues concerning the child in their care.