The government defines safeguarding as: “The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.”
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights of children to be free from abuse. In England, the law states that people who work with children and young people have to try to keep them safe. Organisations are also required to talk and work together to agree how best to collaborate in safeguarding children.
For further information about safeguarding children and young people, visit the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board website.