What is safeguarding
Safeguarding is not just about protecting students from deliberate harm; it is linked to welfare and what we do for all children. Safeguarding involves the process of protecting children from abuse and neglect, preventing harm to children’s health or development, and ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care.
What is normal behavior for children?
Children develop and mature at different rates. What is concerning for a younger child might be normal behaviour for an older child. If a child looks or acts a lot older or younger than their age, this could be a cause for concern. However, if a child develops more slowly than others of a similar age and there’s not a cause such as physical or learning disabilities, it could be a sign that they are being abused.
What is child abuse?
Child abuse is any action by another person – adult or child – that causes significant harm to a child. It can be physical, sexual, or emotional/psychological, but can just as often be about a lack of love, care and attention. We know that neglect, whatever form it takes, can be just as damaging to a child as physical abuse. An abused child often experiences more than one type of abuse, as well as other difficulties in their lives. Whilst abuse can be a one-off event, it often happens over a period of time, and it can increasingly happen online.
The signs of child abuse are not always obvious, and a child might not tell anyone what is happening to them. Children might be scared that the abuser will find out, and worried that the abuse will get worse. Or they might think that there is no one they can tell or that they won’t be believed. Sometimes, children don’t even realise that what is happening is abuse. The effects of abuse may be short term or may last a long time, sometimes into adulthood. Adults who were abused as children may need advice and support.