Every agency and organisation working with children and young people, whether paid or voluntary, has responsibility to provide a duty of care to protect children and young people from harm including abuse and neglect.
The Children Act 2004 outlines agencies/organisations that provide services to children and their family, including services they commission, must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This also reflects the need to ensure that all adults working with or on behalf of children and young people in these organisations are competent, skilled and safe to do so.
All individuals working with children and young people need to be familiar with local procedures and protocols for safeguarding children and young people. Each organisation should establish a designated member of staff for individuals to report any child protection or safeguarding concerns or report any of these concerns to the Single Point of Access (SPA) in Kingston or Richmond.
Please click on the links below to access useful resources for safeguarding and protecting children:
The Children Act 1989 states that a child is a child until their 18th birthday and sets out the responsibilities of the Local Authority.
The Children Act 2004 has built on the 1989 Act and created clear accountability for Children's Services to enable better joint working and to secure a better focus on safeguarding children.
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 is a guide to inter agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
These are a comprehensive set of procedures which all London Boroughs use, including Kingston and Richmond
What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused: advice for
practitioners by the Department for Education
Departmental advice to help practitioners identify the signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what action to take.