Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfill this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make their approach child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
School and college staff are particularly important, as they are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating.
The page, and the following pages, have been designed to pull together a range of information that will be useful for schools and colleges in terms of safeguarding children and young people.