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Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children - BPS Position Paper (2nd edition, 2014)

11 November 2016

The attached position paper outlines the professional practice framework for all Chartered Psychologists in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This edition updates and revises the 2007 position paper, and is scheduled for further review in November 2016.

The aims of this paper are:

  • to raise the profile of safeguarding across all Society divisions and specialisms
  • to set out and promote shared minimum standards for all Chartered Psychologists
  • to help the BPS and its members inform other professionals and the public about the responsibilities and accountability of Chartered Psychologists
  • to raise awareness that all Chartered Psychologists must be mindful of the needs of children in the family, irrespective of the setting or specialism in which they operate

The document below goes into these aims in greater detail, as well as providing further information on the historical and legislative context behind the paper.

It also serves to outline the key principles which underpin the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children and young people, as well as laying out a framework for the unique contributions which psychologists can make in the field of child protection.


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