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Glossary: Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children

Defined for the purposes of this guidance as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment, whether the risk of harm comes from within the child’s family and/or outside (from the wider community), including online;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

(Definition provided by Working Together)