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General Safeguarding FAQs

We are passionate about developing and delivering digital safeguarding solutions and have been providing safeguarding training to a wide range of sectors for over 10 years. We answered the most common question we get asked for quick results.

General safeguarding FAQs

  • Is child protection and safeguarding the same?

    Safeguarding is the policies and procedures that organisations and people have in place to keep children safe and promote their wellbeing, everything from security of buildings to staff recruitment. Child protection is the term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm.

  • What are the main types of abuse?

    There are many ways of dividing abuse into types, but these are some: Financial or material abuse, Physical abuse, Neglect/acts of omission, Sexual abuse, Psychological abuse, Organisational abuse, Discriminatory abuse, Self-neglect, Domestic abuse

  • What are the six principles of safeguarding?

    Empowerment – supporting and encouraging people to make their own decisions and informed consent, Prevention – taking action before harm occurs, Proportionality – offering the least intrusive response appropriate to the risk. Protection – support and representation for those in greatest need, Partnership – communities have a part to play in reporting and preventing neglect and abuse; local solutions through services working with their communities, Accountability – transparency and accountability in safeguarding practice.

  • What constitutes a breach of duty of care?

    A breach of duty of care is when a carer or other responsible person fails in the care that they should be giving. A person may be liable for negligence in a personal injury case if their breach of duty caused another person's injuries or mental ill health.

    Typical areas of concern are fire safety, health and safety, food safety, personal safety, child and adult protection (plus wider safeguarding such as safer recruitment), equality, bullying, violence, harassment, stress, or discrimination from any source.

  • What constitutes harmful and restrictive practices?

    A harmful practice is one that is either causing harm now or will in the future. A restrictive practice is one that might be used on an individual demonstrating challenging behaviour; any restriction placed on them must be legally and ethically justified, be necessary to prevent further or serious harm, and be the least restrictive option possible.

  • What is early intervention?

    Doing things as early as possible to support a child’s developmental, health and support needs. Early intervention services give specialised support to children and their families in the early years (birth to school entry).

    Early intervention promotes welfare, safety, development and societal stability. It also plays a part in preventing problems developing later and goes a long way in attempting to rectify those which have already begun to manifest.

Safeguarding Procedure FAQs

  • What are safeguarding procedures?

    Procedures and systems provide clear guidance on what to do in various circumstances; they clarify roles and responsibilities. Child protection procedures should be linked with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board’s own procedures (or the All Wales Child Protection Procedures).

  • What constitutes harm?

    Any damage – Financial, physical, psychological, sexual, neglect – caused to a vulnerable person. This could be due to another person, or people, deliberately taking advantage of someone. But it could also be the adult or child who is unintentionally putting themselves at risk, simply because they don’t have the right level of support in place.

  • What is a safeguarding policy?

    A policy put in place to ensure vulnerable people are not abused in any way. It makes it clear what an organisation or group will do to keep children and adults safe. It should include a statement setting out the organisation's commitment to protecting all children and adults in its care.

  • What is the aim of safeguarding adults?

    To protect adults classed as ‘vulnerable’ – this covers people of all ethnicities, genders and religious, and provide them with appropriate care.

    The primary aim of safeguarding is to keep an individual safe and prevent further abuse from occurring. It also includes the duty to Promote Individual Wellbeing, the duty to prevent or reduce the likelihood of further Care and Support needs developing and the duty to provide good information and advice.

  • What is the meaning of duty of care?

    A moral or legal obligation to ensure the safety and wellbeing of others. It is about individual wellbeing, welfare, compliance and good practice.

    All workplaces have a moral and a legal obligation to ensure that everyone associated with the establishment is fully protected from any personal physical and/or emotional harm, either on the premises or when engaged in activities relating to the establishment.

  • What is the standard of care?

    The minimum level of care, experience and knowledge that is expected from someone responsible for the care of others. Everybody has the right to expect the following standards: Person-centred care, Dignity and respect, Consent, Safety, Safeguarding from abuse, Food and drink, Premises and equipment, Complaints, Good governance, Staffing, Fit and proper staff, Duty of candour, Display of ratings.

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