Whilst safeguarding children is everyone’s concern, social workers have more specific duties in child protection. Hence the term ’safeguarding’ is broader in its meaning. It is defined in ‘Working Together’ (DfE, 2015b, p. 92) as: Safeguarding can be very rewarding but it is one of the most complex areas of work for social workers and one where they come under the most scrutiny. This applies whether their work is with children or with adults who have mental health issues or who lack capacity. The extra pressure on social workers who work in children’s services is clear from the media uproar when a child’s death from abuse hits the headlines. Jones (2014) has documented the furore that arose following the death of ‘Baby P’ (Peter Connelly) and the effects this had on the professionals who were involved.
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