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Kingswood Secondary Academy

What is the difference between safeguarding and child protection?

Safeguarding is a term which is broader than ‘child protection’ and relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. 

In practice, Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being.  This means everything from security of the buildings, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between.   Child Protection is one aspect of Safeguarding.  Child Protection is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.