Children safeguarding is everyone responsibility either at home or during activities such as holiday camping, school trips, and places like hospitals, mosques, churches, orphanages, leisure centers, cinemas, eateries, in our friends’ homes, at weddings, naming ceremonies, funerals, parties, at all our gatherings and on the street etc. it is therefore everyone’s responsibility to safeguard a child or young person and promote his or her welfare and well-being.
We all have a safeguarding responsibility, whether you work directly or indirectly with children and young people or with adults who are parents or carers of children and young people.
When it comes to child protection and safeguarding, the first contact person that should take the protection and safeguarding of children seriously is the parents. Most parents are too busy with their careers or jobs, thereby providing all the financial assistance their children could require but placing them in the hands of school owners, teachers or close relatives to look after them. But these are questions parents should ask themselves when considering leaving their children/wards with education institution or guardian;
- Are they trustworthy?
- Do they have policies in place to protect and safeguard your child?
- Have you done background checks on their staffs or the personnel?
When the child is far away from his or her parent, a lot might have happened which are unknown to the parents. The child will only confide in the parent if they made themselves available to hear them, rather than place them in the hands of strangers that can assault them. Some abuse may happen because parents, carers or other adults act in ways which harm children, other kinds of abuse occur when adults fail to take action to protect children or fail to meet a child’s basic needs.
There are children around us everywhere, suffering in silence and hoping someone will notice their plight and be bold enough to intervene. It is important for us to know what to look out for and to be able to identify a child who is suffering from or at risk of abuse.
Want to know more about child safeguarding and protection? Join the 2018 Educational Risk & Governance Summit
Theme: Learning strategy, quality and child safeguarding.
Venue: Landmark event center, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Date: Friday, 20th of April, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
For more information,
Call Charlotte on 0809 555 0641