Child abuse is when anyone under 18 is being harmed or isn't being properly looked after. There are different forms of child abuse:
People and organisations that work with children and young people have a moral and legal duty to care for the children they come into contact with. As organisations, we should work in a way that reduces the risk of harm to children and young people, and have clear procedures for dealing with reports of child protection. As staff and volunteers, we should take all reasonable steps to keep children safe, and understand what to do if we have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child.
A “risky” group might be well-intentioned and enthusiastic. But staff and volunteers don’t take child protection seriously, or don’t think about it at all. According to the Safe Network, risky groups might:
The child protection pages on this website are an introduction to some of the things you should be thinking about if you or your organisation works with children and young people. This is a big subject, so you won’t find answers to all your questions, or detailed information on every topic. If you need more in-depth information, please read see our recommended sources of further support.
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