Every child and young person has the right to be, and feel, safe and protected from any avoidable situation or acts of commission or omission by others that might affect their wellbeing.
- being physically, sexually or emotionally harmed in any way
- being put at risk of physical, sexual or emotional harm, abuse or exploitation
- having their basic needs neglected or experiencing that their needs are met in ways that are not appropriate to their age and stage of development
- being denied the sustained support and care necessary for them to thrive and develop normally
- being denied access to appropriate medical care and treatment
- being exposed to demands and expectations which are inappropriate to their age and stage of development
Being safe is also about having a positive state of mind. Children and young people should be helped to develop the knowledge and skills that will enable them keep themselves safe in situations at home, at school or in the community. Being safe means that children and young people feel secure and protected within trusted relationships where adults are not only acting in their best interests but also listening to them and taking account of their views, preferences and feelings.