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Child protection and safeguarding are subjects we take very seriously. We invite you to read our guidance, and identify how you can protect and safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults.
On this page we will address:
We inform and offer guidance to staff and volunteers across The Children’s Society in the management of issues relating to protecting, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults.
Although we are not a statutory child care organisation – the police, children’s social care and the NSPCC are the only agencies with statutory powers – our staff and volunteers have an obligation and responsibility to be aware of and report concerns related to protecting, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people and vulnerable adults with whom we work.
This is best answered by defining what constitutes the abuse of a child or young person under the age of 18:
It is important to remember, however, that abuse may not necessarily fall easily into these categories if you are not an expert in the area of child protection.
If you are an adult and suspect that a young person or adult needs protection or is at risk of abuse, contact the proper statutory authority:
At Childline, you can find someone who will listen to whatever you want to say, but will promise not to tell anyone else.