1.2 Explain child protection within the wider concept of safeguarding children and young people.
The term of child protection is mainly used where there has been an incidence of suspected harm or abuse, to a child or young person.
Child protection in England and Wales is the overall responsibility of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), they offer both non and statutory guidance to LA‘s.
The term safeguarding, gives a wider definition of safe working practice within the settings we work in, to ensure that children are kept safe and healthy. Safeguarding is more about the prevention of children and young people, being at risk from significant harm, abuse or neglect.
Safeguarding requires that all agencies working with children, young people and their families take all reasonable measures to make sure that the risks of harm to children’s welfare are minimized. Where there are concerns about a child or young person, all agencies are required to put in place suitable actions which address all concerns. Working in full partnership with other local agencies, following all policies and procedures.
In England and Wales, Local Safeguarding Children's Boards (LSCBs) ensure that the key agencies involved in safeguarding children work effectively together in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children at the local level.
Linking in with legislation, including the UNCRC 1989, which states-
All children have the right to live a life free from emotional and physical harm.
All children have the right to protection from harmful drugs
Children have the right to such services as education and health care
All children have the right for adults to do the best they can for them
Article 37 states no one is allowed to punish or degrade a child.
Article 39 suggests that it is the responsibility of the settings to have policies, procedures, practices and an environment, in placed, which supports and assists children in...