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All Wales Child Protection Procedures

Produced on behalf of All Local Safeguarding Children Boards in Wales

It is recognised that the Local Safeguarding Children Boards have a broad scope of responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, however these procedures are about their specific function to protect individual children from abuse and neglect.

The procedures provide common standards to guide child protection practice for every Local Safeguarding Children Board in Wales. They provide a framework within which individual child protection referrals, actions, decisions and plans are made and carried out. They are an integral part of the agenda for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

The procedures are based on the fundamental principle that the protection of children from harm is the responsibility of all individuals and agencies working with children and families, and with adults who may pose a risk to children. The effective protection of children cannot be achieved by single agency acting on its own. The procedures clarify how individuals and agencies should communicate and work together effectively in partnership in order to identify vulnerable children, keep them safe from abuse and neglect, and, improve outcomes for them.