Keeping people safe (safeguarding children)
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What safeguarding children means
The promotion of the safety and welfare of all children in Barnet is a top priority. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children means:
- protecting children from maltreatment (abuse or neglect)
- preventing impairment of child health and development
- ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care enabling children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully
The council, through it's Safeguarding Division, monitors and promotes best practice regarding children who are receiving a Social Care service. These are primarily children in care and children who are subject to Child Protection Plans.
The council also:
- promotes Safeguarding work within the wider community through the Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB)
- specifically handles all allegations by children against people in a position of trust (for example, teachers, residential workers, foster carers, other workers and volunteers etc)
- monitors all missing children within Barnet.
The BSCB is a multi-agency group that exists to ensure that children and young people are safe at home, in school and in the community whilst promoting the safety and welfare of all children in Barnet. It is an independent body with a statutory requirement to oversee the work of the council's Children’s Service and it's partners and seeks to prioritise the well being of all children and young people within the Barnet area.