Nothing is more important than children’s welfare. Children and young people who need help and protection deserve high quality and effective support as soon as a need is identified.
Whilst it is parents and carers who have primary care for their children, local authorities, working with partner organisations and agencies, have specific duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Partnership Board brings together a number of agencies across the county to ensure that there is a joined up approach to safeguarding children and young people.
Safeguarding means protecting a child’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about working together to support children and young people to make decisions about the risks they face in their own lives, and protecting those who lack the capacity to make these decisions.
We all share responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, whether as a parent or family member; a friend or neighbour; a teacher or carer; or as a paid or volunteer worker. Our website is for children and young people, their families and carers and the practitioners and volunteers who work with them.
It is increasingly important that members of the local community have an understanding of the work that is being carried out to help keep children and young people safe across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as ‘safeguarding is everyone’s business‘.