Safeguarding – what you need to know

Working as farriers it important that we understand safeguarding both for adults and children.

We are often surrounded by children under the age of 18 and it is very important that we take the correct protocol to ensure the safety of them and protection of us and our reputation.

The Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) document states that effective safeguarding systems are those where:

1,The welfare of the child is 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.

2,All those who come into contact with children and families are alert to their needs and any risks of harm that individual abusers, or potential abusers, may pose to children.

3,All those working with children and families share appropriate information in a timely way and can discuss any concerns about an individual child with colleagues and local authority children’s social care.

Effective safeguarding arrangements in every local area should be underpinned by two key principles:

1,Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part.

2,A child centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.

“Children want to be respected, their views to be heard, to have stable relationships with professionals built on trust and for consistent support provided for their needs. This should guide the behaviour of professionals. Anyone working with children should see and speak to the child; listen to what they say; take their views seriously; and work with them collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs.”

https://www.bef.co.uk/Detail.aspx?page=BEF-Safeguarding-Safeguarding#

James Haigh