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Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people

The Children Act 2004 places responsibility on district councils to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

We have to ensure the following:

  • Our senior managers are committed to the importance of safeguarding and promoting wellbeing (we also have two very proactive council member champions, who sit on the Services for All group which oversees the safeguarding).
  • We have a clear statement of our responsibilities towards children that all staff are aware of.
  • That there are clear lines of responsibility.
  • We have 'safe' recruitment practices for recruiting anyone to a post where the postholder will come into contact with children and young people (specialist training is provided for managers to ensure that when we recruit to these posts, every check is made to guarantee as far as possible that we recruit the best person for the role).
  • We provide training for all appropriate staff who come into contact, either directly or indirectly, with children and/or young people.
  • We share information and ensure effective working relationships with other agencies.
  • Any organisations that we work with also follow the same rigorous procedures and guidelines (there are links to our policy and its requirements in all partnership agreements and contract documents which partners and contractors have to sign up to).

You can view Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Council's joint policies, procedures and guidance on working with children by following the link below:

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