The Basic Safeguarding Procedures apply in all circumstances and in every setting when a parent, professional or any other person has concerns about the welfare of a child. This includes children living away from home as well as with their family, and relates to concerns about abuse by other children as well as a range of adult carers and other professionals. Concerns can also relate to abuse that has happened in the past, as well as to contemporary events.
This section outlines some special considerations that apply to safeguarding children in a range of specific circumstances.
A pre-birth assessment is a proactive means of analysing the potential risk to a newborn baby when there are concerns about a pregnant woman and where appropriate, her partner and immediate family. Multi-Agency policy and practice guidance has been written and can be downloaded here – Pre Birth Assessment Policy March 2012.