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Safeguarding children and child protection

​Safeguarding children in the borough remains a priority.

All organisations that work with or come into contact with children should have safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm.

Setting up and following good safeguarding policies and procedures means children are safe from adults and other children who might pose a risk. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • Preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Who can help?

Report a child at risk

Access guidance about children who may need protection from harm.

Legislation and guidance - children and the law

Across the UK there are many laws which aim to keep children safe and protect their rights.

These laws:

  • Ensure children's voices are heard
  • Set out when a child can take part in various activities
  • Make sure children have access to education
  • Provide for children having a safe home
  • Provide support for children who need to leave home
  • Make sure children are safe if they decide to get a job
  • Make sure children's personal information is safe.

Detailed information on safeguarding children is available on GOV.UK.


(Early Help and Safeguarding Hub)
0300 303 0440

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.45pm.

Children's Social Care
Floor 4, Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

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