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Child protection

How we safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people

Our responsibilities

As a local authority we have a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in the area. Whilst we play a lead role in this, safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. All those who have contact with children and families, or who work for a local authority, have a role to play.

Our Child Protection Policy sets out how we aim to protect children from harm, regardless of their:

  • ethnicity
  • age
  • class
  • culture
  • disability
  • ethnicity
  • religion
  • sexual preference

We do this by:

  • raising awareness of child protection and safeguarding children to make staff aware of their responsibilities
  • our robust recruitment procedures which ensure proper checks are carried out for all staff and volunteers
  • ensuring contractors and funded organisations have child protection policies and procedures in place (where appropriate)

View our Child Protection Policy

The legal framework

After the death of Victoria Climbié, a statutory inquiry was held. This inquiry found that safeguarding children hadn't been given enough priority. The Government responded by producing the ‘Every Child Matters’ green paper and the 2004 Children Act.

Section 11 of the 2004 Children Act places a duty on individuals and organisations (including us) to ensure that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is a priority. This is something we consider in every function we carry out as a council.

Our safeguarding duties and responsibilities are placed on us by the:

  • Children Act 2004
  • Children Act 1989
  • Protection of Children Act 1999

We meet the requirements by:

  • putting the child’s welfare at the forefront of decision making
  • working together with other agencies
  • making arrangements to safeguard children
  • promoting the welfare of children
  • participating in Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards
  • ensuring Children’s Services make enquires about a child’s welfare when there is cause for concern
  • not employing anyone who is considered unsuitable to work with children

What to do if you're worried about a child

Our Child Protection Policy is aimed at the staff and volunteers working for and with us, rather than the general public. If you have concerns about the welfare of a child in Norfolk please contact:

  • Norfolk County Council Children’s Services on 0344 800 8020, or;
  • in an emergency, call 999