You can really make a difference in children’s life when you work with children in England and I am blessed to be working in a Primary School. I can report everything that children disclose to me anytime by filling in a form where I have to write down the incident that took place and the actual words of the child. It may be poor souls who open up as their life wears them out or unpredictable reactions and events that are really worrying and need to be reported.
According to Wikipedia “Safeguarding is a term used in the United Kingdom and Ireland to denote measures to protect the health, well-being and human rights of individuals, which allow people — especially children, young people and vulnerable adults — to live free from abuse, harm and neglect.
Any child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or religion. The UK government has enacted legislation and published guidance to protect children from maltreatment, prevent the impairment of children’s health or development, ensure children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and enable children and young people to have the best outcomes. Responsibility for these aims is deemed to lie with everyone who comes into contact with children and families.”
This is a beautiful video by NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), where children share how they feel safe. In this video you can also see what NSPCC does as an organisation. Shocking real life abuse stories of children and teenagers are presented here.
If you work in a school you should download and read the following documents:
This is the statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment: Keeping children safe in education