Best Practice

Treading the fine line of child protection...

Every day in schools, staff need to make safeguarding-related judgements about pupils and their families. But it can often be a fine line to tread and a difficult call to make. Safeguarding expert Ann Marie Christian discusses how to handle these situations and offers some general advice

Child protection and safeguarding is currently a massive agenda across every sector, from children’s social care and the police to education and early years settings.

It is a difficult and complex subject where ordinary people make decisions about children’s safety every day, therefore having an impact on the quality of children’s lives and sometimes even their survival.

Regularly in the press we hear about children being hurt, abused or even killed by their parents, parent’s partners, carers, step-parents or other loved ones. We have had a recent theme of step-parents or new secret partners killing children – Baby P in Haringey 2007, Daniel Pelka in Coventry 2012, and Ayesha Ali in Barking and Dagenham 2013.

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