Section 17 states that services must be put in place to promote and safeguard the welfare of children who are in need. The Childrens Act (2004) - This aims to bring agencies closer together to form a net of services for all and it provides a legal framework for Every Child Matters. It also provides a common assessment of children’s needs. Another part of this act is to provide a shared database of information which is relevant to the safety and welfare of children and to give earlier support for parents who are experiencing problems. The Education Act (2002) – This sets out the responsibilities of Local Education Authorities, Head teachers, those working in schools and the governing body.
This is to ensure children are safe and cared for. Children and young people have the right to be protected from all forms of physical and mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse by those looking after them Children Act 1989. Parents and professionals must work together to ensure the safety of the child. L.A has a duty to investigate when there is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering or in danger of significant harm. The Education Act 2002.
This implies that the main focus of a child carer should be identifying the needs of children. Working Together to Safeguard Children 1999 Sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act 2004. It is important that all practitioners working to safeguard children and young people understand fully their responsibilities and duties as set out in primary legislation and associated regulations and guidance. UNN Convention on Rights of Children 1998 Ensure that children are safe and looked after, children have the right to be protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse,
Some examples of Legislation in which we have to follow whilst working with children and young people are: * Health and safety at work act (1974) * Children act (1989&2004) * Safeguarding Vulnerable groups act (2006) * Data protection Act (1991) * UN convention on the rights of the child (1991) There are guidelines which detail acts of law these are shared with the public. And explain what parts of the legislation apply to you and explain to you what you must do to comply with the law. Some examples of guidelines are: * Every child matters (2004) * The framework for assessment of children and their families (2000) * Common assessment framework (2006) * Working together to safeguard children (2013) The guidelines are used to create policies and procedures which are in turn used to implement the laws. 1.3 Analyse how national and local guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding affect day to day work with children and young people. National Legislation and guidance influence the development of local policies and procedures which affect the day to day
unit 4227-071 1.1 explain how current and relevant legislation and policy affects work with children and young people: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 - which ensure that children are safe and looked after, children have the right to be protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect, negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation including sexual abuse by those looking after them. This is used in residential care to ensure that children and young people are safeguarded and are given the right amount of care that they need, ofsted will look at how well children are looked after in any setting where a child is being cared for outside their home setting.if standards are not met then the home will either be shut or given tasks to improve the quality of care that children and young people are recieveing. Children Act 1989 - Parents and professionals must work to ensure the safety of the child. Local Authority has ‘a duty to investigate when there is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. It is important that care givers follow this as if a child comes to harm or has suffered neglect the caregiver could face legal action.
which are statutory organisations in England and operate within each local area to ensure that services co-operate to promote the welfare of children and young people. In 2010 another key document was updated and published by the government. called working together to safeguard children; it outlines the key responsibilities for professionals in protecting children from harm and keeping them safe. A very important organisation involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people is the Independent safeguarding authority(ISA) (a public body that is responsible for checking the suitability of those who wish to work with children and young people). This organisation operates the Vetting and Barring Scheme ( a scheme setup to help prevent unsuitable people working with children and vulnerable adults).
1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding of individuals. All workers in a childcare setting have a ‘duty of care’ to protect both children and other co-workers. Duty of care means that a person or group has a responsibility to ensure that there is reasonable standard of attention and care given to avoid neglect which may lead to or cause harm to others. It is important to excersice duty of care, especially in young children to help them to develop immune systems which can protect them from childhood illness and other diseases, which may cause them harm ot disable them later in life. Children develop the ability to see potential dangers and learn how to deal with them.
In England the main current legislations and guidelines that apply are: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2008, Children Act 1989, Children Act 2004,Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010, Protection of Children Act 1999,Police Act 1997. Children Act 1989 – This act was brought in to reform and simplify the existing laws protecting children and young people in the UK at the time. It gave children and young people equal rights, feelings and wishes, and that their welfare is paramount. It also made clear that local authorities have a duty to provide services for children in need, their families and others. Children Act 2004 – The Children Act 2004 was brought about following an independent inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbié by Lord Laming.
Unit 3 Q1. (1.1) Outline current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people. Current legislation promotes children’s welfare and puts measures into place for the protection of children and young people. The laws emphasise the importance of safety and safeguarding children and young people under the age of 18. The policies and procedures are statements of intent to commit to child protection, there are guidelines set out on what to do in circumstances of abuse, with clear responsibilities of the care giver and a system for recording the information.
SECTION 1. CHILD PROTECTION ASSESSMENT 1.1 1. The community expects that children and young people under 18 years of age should be protected from all forms of abuse including sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect. 2. The Department of Education and Training is responsible for educating the children and young people about protecting themselves from all types of abuse and neglect.