Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
The term 'safeguarding' is a concept that has evolved from a concern about children and young people in public care, to include the protection from harm of all children and young people and to cover all agencies working with children and their families. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children means protecting children from abuse and neglect and helping children and young people get the most from life. In order to safeguard children and young people, all agencies working with children, young people and their families are required to 'take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children's welfare are minimised'. Community nursing staff have the same worries and often complain that they are supporting many families who are at risk of abusing their children and who they feel should be the responsibility of social services. The sexual behaviour of children is likely to be affected by the attitudes and openness of their parents.