Child protection is the term used to describe the actions of certain organisations such as Children’s Services, the police and Health organisations, in their efforts to make sure children are safe from abuse and neglect.
Child abuse can be physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and grooming.
Child neglect is a failure to meet a child’s basic physical and / or emotional needs. Failing to make sure a child is well cared for and looked after.
Child abuse can have major long term effects on all aspects of a child’s health, development, self image, self esteem and wellbeing.
All those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work, including people who do not have a specific role in relation to child protection, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.