People working with Children 

This section is aimed at people who work with children and young people in all capacities, whether as paid workers or as volunteers.  It brings together relevant information, documents and links about all aspects of safeguarding children and young people.

This section of the website provides access to the Local Protocols and Guidance page, which has downloadable versions of national and local multi-agency safeguarding children policies, procedures and other useful guidance such as the Resolving Professional Differences Protocol and the Neglect Toolkit.

Southwest Child Protection Procedures

Somerset is one of the 12 Local Safeguarding Children Boards that make up the South West consortium* that have developed the Southwest Child Protection Procedures (in conjunction with Tri.x).

Working Together

Local authorities have overarching responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in their area. This includes specific duties in relation to children in need and children suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm, regardless of where they are found, under sections 17 and 47 of the Children Act 1989.

Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places duties on a range of organisations and individuals to ensure their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Contextual Safeguarding is an approach to understanding, and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse. Parents and carers have little influence over these contexts, and young people’s experiences of extra-familial abuse can undermine parent-child relationships. Therefore children’s social care practitioners need to engage with individuals and sectors who do have influence over/within extra- familial contexts, and recognise that assessment of, and intervention with, these spaces are a critical part of safeguarding practices. Contextual Safeguarding, therefore, expands the objectives of child protection systems in recognition that young people are vulnerable to abuse in a range of social contexts.

Please take a look at a video explaining What is Contextual Safeguarding? www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0lE-XENewM

For more information: https://contextualsafeguarding.org.uk/about/what-is-contextual-safeguarding