Safeguarding children and child protection

The law

Across the UK there are many laws that 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.

View detailed information about safeguarding children on GOV.UK

Following safeguarding laws

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.

If you need help with creating safeguarding policies or interpreting your responsibilities, there are organisations that can help.

View organisations offering safeguarding advice