Protecting Children and Young People: Framework for Standards

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Protecting Children and Young People: Framework for Standards

Annex A: Glossary of terms

For the purpose of this document:

Abuse
A deliberate act of ill treatment that can harm or is likely to cause harm to a child's safety, well-being and development.

Agencies
Organisations in the statutory or voluntary sector where staff, paid or unpaid, work with or have access to children and/or families. This includes, but is not exclusive to, social work, health, education and the police.

Child
Is a person under 16 years of age. It is also a young person over 16 years of age with special needs who requires help from statutory agencies in order to be protected.

Concern
A suspicion or a belief that a child may be in need of help or protection.

Inter-Agency
Where more than one agency is working together.

Neglect
Failing to provide for, or to secure for a child the basic needs of food, warmth, clothing, emotional security, physical safety and well-being.

Parents
Includes those who have parental rights as defined in law and those who have care of a child. For example, foster carers and co-habitees.

Partnership
Where more than one person, group, agency, professional or community are working together and share responsibility for decisions and actions.

Professionals
Staff who work directly or indirectly with children and/or families and can include, but is not exclusive to, police officers, doctors, nurses, teachers, nursery staff, social workers, therapists, dentists, youth leaders, leisure and recreational workers, housing staff and staff who work in criminal justice, mental health or drug and alcohol services. In many cases the term 'professionals' may mean volunteers in contact with children.

Protective Action
Action taken to protect a child from harm now and in the longer term.

Protective Factors
The personal, family and community strengths that together can help protect a child.

Risk
Exposure to identified harm.

Statutory responsibilities
A responsibility enshrined in legislation and/or regulation.