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This part of the website applies to you if you are a 'Professional', working with or caring for children and young people in an employed or voluntary capacity such as Foster Carers, Childminders or Youth Workers. It is also aimed at those people whose job brings them into contact with children infrequently or on an adhoc basis, such as members of the Emergency Services, Clergy or those people in a caring capacity.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and in particular protecting them from significant harm, depends on effective joint working between agencies and professionals that have different roles and expertise. Individual children, especially some of the most vulnerable children and those at greatest risk of social exclusion, will need coordinated help from social care & health, education, the Police and quite possibly the voluntary sector and other agencies, including youth justice services.