In this lesson, we have learned that child abuse can occur anywhere. In a community, an organisation or in both. Child protection, in the international context, describes the work being undertaken to strengthen laws, policies and systems, which are designed to protect children in a given country in his or her own family and community.
To prevent abuse from happening within an organisation and to appropriately respond to a safeguarding concern, an organisation needs to have child safeguarding measures in place. Child safeguarding is the responsibility that organisations have to ensure their staff, operations and programmes ‘do no harm’ to children and that any concerns the organisation has about children’s safety, within the communities in which they work, are reported to the appropriate authorities. Therefore, all organisations need to develop a child safeguarding policy and procedures.
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