TDA 2.2: Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety.
Safeguarding is the term that has replaced the term Child Protection. It includes promoting children’s safety and welfare as well as protecting children when abuse happens. It has only been developed in the past 50 years, and the need for improved legislation has been highlighted by cases such as Victoria Climbié, who was murdered and tortured by her guardians in 2000. Her death led to a public inquiry and produced major changes in child protection policies.
The Children Act 1989 was brought in with the intention of simplifying the laws that protect children and young people. It tells people what their duties are and how they should act and work together when suspicions of child abuse are raised in any given situation.
Working Together to Safeguard Children 1999 provides guidelines for professionals in England and Wales to help them work with children who are at risk of harm.
The Children Act 2004 provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters which was the government’s response to the death of Victoria Climbié. The Act aims to improve effective local working to safeguard and promote children’s wellbeing. This Act also introduces councillors for children’s services with responsibility for local child welfare. Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards assure that all social services should work together to protect vulnerable children.
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006 is an update of safeguarding and how the agencies should work individually and together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Lastly, the E-Safety Policy reflects the importance it places on the safe use of information systems and electronic communications. E-Safety encompasses not only Internet technologies but also electronic communications via mobile phones,...