1. Purpose of the policy
East Devon District Council takes seriously the issue of safeguarding children (including disabled children) and young people. During the course of providing our services we have the opportunity to make positive impacts in improving children’s lives and also protecting them from injury and abuse. We must not allow concerns about child safety to stifle our positive impacts, but we should follow simple guidelines to protect ourselves and children. Several high profile child abuse cases have highlighted the necessity for all agencies to be vigilant for child abuse, to recognise their duty of care, and to ensure that any concerns are acted upon, recorded and followed through.
Our responsibility under the Children Act 2004 is essentially to ensure that our functions are discharged with regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We have a shared responsibility with a variety of statutory agencies to protect children from harm, ensure their safety, and prevent impairment of their health or development.
Much of this policy is concerned with explaining our duty, how to identify safeguarding issues and what to do if you have concerns about the welfare of a child.