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Explain the responsibility of others to safeguard children and young people who are present in an adult social care work setting.


This page is designed to answer the following questions:

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On the previous page, we looked at the care worker’s responsibilities relating to the protection and safeguarding of children.


For this assessment criterion, you will be required to have an awareness of the responsibilities of others, including both roles within your organisation and external agencies.

All organisations and agencies have a duty to work collaboratively to safeguard children as set out in the government publication ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children‘ (2015).


A list of some of the roles and responsibilities of others is provided below:

  • Care workers – report concerns/suspicions, assist with investigations when requested
  • Manager/safeguarding lead – decide on the next steps following a concern being reported to them and which agencies need to be contacted
  • Social Services – take the lead in coordinating response when and support
  • Police – perform criminal investigations and enforce the law
  • Family Justice System – make legal decisions in the best interests of the child
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board – responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children at a local level and encouraging integrated working and information sharing between different agencies, conducting serious case reviews


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