All organisations that come into contact with children should have specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports organisations.
Discussion of this ’Social Problem’ has too often remained hushed and vague, and the linkages between different forms of child abuse are overlooked.
Child Abuse and Maltreatment is a sensitive but unavoidable subject, however, the interests of culture and religion, in protecting outdated practices and preserving power networks, have all worked against child-centred safeguarding, and protection of our children.
A genuinely progressive and effective safeguarding, and child protection system, should be judged on how effectively it helps children go above the circumstances of their birth and how it equips them to take control of their own lives.