Safeguarding children and protecting them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
Government guidance: Working together to safeguard children (2015), says that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children means:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s 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 and young people to have the best outcome
Local agencies, including Solihull Community Housing, also have a duty under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to ensure that they consider the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children when carrying out their functions.
Solihull’s Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is the co-ordinating body responsible for ensuring that key agencies work together effectively in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.