East Devon District Council

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Policy Safeguarding children policy

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2. Our commitments

We will seek to tackle and manage the following issues:

  • Our role as a ‘duty to co-operate partner’ under the Children Act
  • We can influence other organisations to improve children’s lives
  • We might inadvertently employ people who are a risk to children
  • We provide some services which could aggravate or resolve child safety issues
  • We have some opportunities to identify potential risks to children, and to directly influence children’s’ lives through the services the council provides
  • High profile cases (including that of Victoria Climbie and Baby P) have implicated councils - we need to ensure that we learn from these lessons
  • Our officers or councillors could be placed in situations where they may be accused of inappropriate behaviour towards children
  • Our officers or councillors could potentially misuse council facilities for accessing child pornography
  • We need to ensure that our concerns and warnings (about child safety) to other agencies do not go unheeded

How will we go about it?

  • Have clear child protection policies and procedures for employees and councillors
  • Communicate these policies
  • Check awareness of these policies
  • Ensure that other council policies reflect processes and sanctions related to child abuse
  • Have (and promote to staff and councillors) clear communication channels in case of suspicions about child abuse, or other risks
  • Appreciate, and advise officers and councillors, that we can be held to account for child safety issues
  • Appreciate, and advise, that we will have a role in preparation of serious case reports if we have been involved with the child concerned
  • Appreciate that we may be involved in joint area reviews (JARs) of children’s’ services
  • Engage with the issue, and also engage with local/county arrangements (for example, local safeguarding children board, children’s trust, children’s centres)
  • Reflect child protection issues in our risk management approaches
  • Ensure that all commissioned/contracted out services with access to children are compliant
  • Have a formal process for notifying and recording warnings to other agencies about potential child abuse