Safeguarding is to protect yourself and others around you from harm. Ensuring everyone is safe and working together to stop problems arising and being aware of these issues. It’s your job as a youth worker to identify safeguarding issues. The Children Act 2004 and the Department for Education guidance document Working together to safeguard children focuses on safeguarding and promoting children and young people’s welfare. This can be summarised as: • protecting children from maltreatment • preventing impairment of children’s health or development • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and • Undertaking the role to enable children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
H&S at work Act 1974; States our duty to protect everyone’s, including our own, safety, health and welfare. This includes a school’s duty to make sure staff and volunteers have a DBS check. Children Act 1989; Children should be protected from harm regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity. “Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means: * protecting children from maltreatment * preventing impairment of children’s health or development * ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. * taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome” http://www.safenetwork.org.uk/getting_started/Pages/Why_does_safeguarding_matter.aspx “The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility.
Unit CYP Core 3.2 Promote Child and Young Person Development Be able to assess the development needs of children or young people and prepare a development plan: 1.1 - Explain the factors that need to be taken into account when assessing development When assessing a child you must be careful to take into account confidentiality before carrying out an observation you must have parents and the settings permission and not to leave confidential material lying around they must be secured in a locked cabinet. Only talk to authorized personal about confidential material. This confidentially can only be broken when a child is at real risk. When carrying out observations you must take account of the child’s wishes and feelings if a child is upset or wants you to stop then you must stop. Ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds when we asses a child we must take account of their ethnic, cultural and linguistic back ground as these can play important roles in how the children acts and the understanding of the words being used.
You must think about this when planning activities, for example when they involve physical play, or if more consideration must be given to the needs of a child who has just become mobile than to an older child, when planning room layouts. • Some children have specific needs such as sensory impairments: for example think about the challenges to a child with limited hearing understanding explanations about safety. • The different needs of families and carers must be considered. • Always be clear about why you are using the environment in question, the activities a child encounters and what sorts of services are offered. • The duty of care of a setting to children, parents and carers is a legal obligation.
Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety Children Act 1989 This Act identifi es the responsibilities of parents and professionals who must work to ensure the safety of the child. This Act includes two important sections which focus specifi cally on child protection. Section 47 states that the Local Authority has ‘a duty to investigate when there is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suff ering, or likely to suff er, signifi cant harm’. Section 17 states that services must be put into place to ‘safeguard and promote the welfare of children within the area who are in need’. The Education Act 2002 This sets out the responsibilities of Local Education Authorities (LEAs), governing bodies, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure that children are safe and free from harm.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is the responsibility of the local authority, working in partnership with other public organisations, the voluntary sector and children and young people, parents and carers and the wider community. A key objective for local authorities is to ensure children are protected from harm. Every child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity.Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means: * Protecting children from maltreatment * Preventing impairment of children’s health or development * Ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. And “undertaking that role so as to enable children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully” (working together to safeguard children) The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in each local area will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do. The scope of the LSCB role falls into three categories: * Activities that safeguard all children and aim to identify and prevent maltreatment, or impairment of health or development, and ensure that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with safe and effective care * Proactive work that aims to target particular groups * Arrangements for responsive work to protect children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, maltreatment.
Safe-guarding the welfare of children and young people. 1.1 Procedures and policies for safe-guarding and child protection in settings for young people and children in England and Wales are the result of parliament passing legislation. I have listed below some legislation that has been passed in England to protect and safe-guard our children and young people. The Children’s Act 1989 [England and Wales] This Act allocated duties to local authorities, parents, courts and other agencies in the United Kingdom, to ensure all children are safe-guarded and their welfare is promoted. The idea behind it is that children are best cared for within their own families.
Analysis of how national and local guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding affect day to day with children and young people You must ensure that you are aware of the local and national guideline for safeguarding within your work with children on a day to day basis, many issues occur within a school in spite of this you should always be aware of any safeguarding issues and act accordingly within the correct guidelines. The day to day work entails • Childcare practice • Child
Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people. Understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people. The Children Act 1989 was set up for the sole purpose of supporting children and vulnerable adults from any harm or abuse. It was implemented in October 1991 and introduced specific changes to Legislation in England and Wales affecting the welfare of children. The main aims of this Act: Legislates to protect children who may be suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm.
Children have rights to be ‘protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation including sexual abuse by those looking after them’. Those countries which signed up to the Treaty, including the UK in 1991, are legally bound to implement legislation which supports each other. Children Act 1989 This Act identifies the responsibilities of parents and professionals who must work to ensure the safety of the child. This Act includes two important sections which focus specifically on child protection. The Education Act 2002 This sets out the responsibilities of Local Education Authorities (LEAs), governing bodies, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure that children are safe and free from harm.