Why schools, why now and why safeguarding

Aidan Gillespie, Helen Woodley, William McGovern

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All school staff (teaching and support) now have a duty and obligation to protect and safeguard children in their care. To be able to do this, school staff need to understand what safeguarding is and how to respond, but also need to understand a number of other concepts such as: why children end up in vulnerable situation in the first place, how teaching practices reduce vulnerability, and how to engage with children and young people in an effective and efficient manner. This chapter explores these latter types of concerns and in doing so identifies that teachers and support staff are key professionals in identifying vulnerability, preventing the escalation of concerns, engaging with children and supporting them and their education over time as they engage with and attend school. This chapter also contains a detailed breakdown of the structure and the content of this edited collection and concludes with reflective comments about the implications of this collection for you as an individual and in your career: working with children and young people in educational establishments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding safeguarding for children and their educational experiences
Subtitle of host publicationa guide for students, ECTs and school support staff
EditorsWilliam McGovern, Aidan Gillespie, Helen Woodley
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781802627091
ISBN (Print)9781802627107
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameEmerald Points


  • Engagement
  • Prevention
  • Professionals
  • Protection
  • Safeguarding
  • Teachers


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