Every school or organisation that deals with children must have a safeguarding policy in place which should be reviewed and updated regularly. Safety and security of children should be considered as the foremost priority and primary responsibility of the staff and they should know well how to keep children away from hazards, detect any hazard if present and how to get rid of it. As a teaching assistant it is vital that I know what the policy at my school contains so I am aware of what to do if I ever have any cause for concern.
The word safeguarding is an advanced name for child protection that includes extra measures and policies to keep children secure from harm or abuse. Safeguarding are all the things that we do and the policies and procedures we have that help keep children safe. For example, enough number of fire exits to be built to cater to the number of people in the school. Similarly, the use of fire extinguishers should be known by enough number of staff so that they can take immediate steps in case of any emergency.
Child protection is part of the wider concept to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are/maybe suffering from any form of abuse or neglect. It also involves protecting children and young people from maltreatment and preventing impairment of a child’s health and development by ensuring children are raised in positive circumstances by providing safe and caring environments. Parents or carers who fail to protect or care for the children they are looking after could then be taken to court and the child may be then removed from the home and placed into care. Safeguarding a child or young person is ensuring that they have the opportunity to achieve their true potential and have the right to be protected from abuse (physical, emotional or sexual), neglect or exploitation from anyone including family, friends and any professionals working with them. This policy extends until out of the school as well as the teachers should be capable to decipher if a child is behaving in the usual manner or behaving indifferently. In cases of a child being absent for a long time, teachers should investigate into the reasons for his absence either by doing home visits or interrogating the parents/guardians. The safeguarding of children should not be neglected at any time, in fact it should be treated as a paramount duty.