The Children Act 1989 states that the child's welfare is paramount and that every child has a right to protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Statutory guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 was published in August 2005. The guidance came into force 1 October 2005 and details what is expected of District Councils.
We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people when they come into contact with the services that we provide. Child protection is part of safeguarding children and promoting welfare. Kent County Council has a Multi Agency Children's Safeguarding Board for Kent which we support.
We will promote the safeguarding of children in all our services affecting them and consult with children in policy and service delivery matters which affect them so that they may help shape our services.