Teachers and Peers
Keeping Children Safe
Teachers and youth professionals have a duty of care to keep children and young people safe and to support the most vulnerable and needy youth.
Twenty-first century children face an array of dangers and pressures that can be difficult for adults to identify and understand. As technologies and trends quickly develop and change, it is important for professionals to keep abreast of the potential dangers to children both on and offline. Teachers, youth workers and other professionals are often the first to notice possible signs of vulnerability and abuse in children and young people, and can act promptly to ensure a minor receives the help and support they need.
Who’s at Risk?
Children and young people of all ages are at risk of abuse, exploitation or becoming the victim of bullying, harassment and violence, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, race or family structure. Personal stereotypes about the type or age of children likely to be at risk, or presumptions about the type of dangers faced by youth can be risky and misleading. Although the traditional concept of ‘stranger danger’ still exists, threats to children’s well-being are just as likely to come via a family member, peer, a trusted adult, or the Internet, as abuse or mistreatment from a stranger.
Duties of Professionals
Continued Professional Development and learning is vital to ensure adults’ understanding and awareness of child safety is current and comprehensive. All members of staff working with young people should receive a basic level of child protection training at minimum, and must have access to the school or organisation’s child protection policy, understanding their personal duties to report concerns or disclosures of abuse to the Child Protection or Safeguarding Officer.
Simply ChildSafe provides a wealth of information and resources for educators and youth professionals, to enhance and develop their practice, ensuring each professional’s duty of care is maintained. Learn more and find relevant and timely information to address bullying, sexting, child exploitation and more, with links to further resources and advice.