This chapter aims to help you understand how you can safeguard children and how best to handle any suspicion of abuse or neglect. Because safeguarding children is the primary responsibility of social workers, the role of the social worker is also explained here. It is vital for all practitioners to understand the safeguarding roles carried out by social workers as well as by other professionals. Alongside reading this chapter, it is important for you to access your local child protection procedures. These will be available from your Local Safeguarding Children Board. You also need to become familiar with Chapter 5 of Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE, 2010a), which is available from the DfE website.
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