Risk assessment Risk assessments are an important factor in safeguarding children and in my day to day work, before carrying out any activity with children and young people I am required through my setting policies and procedures to carry out a risk assessment first to make sure all involved is safe, for example, if I were to plan an activity, such as an art and craft activity I would need to risk assess the potential danger of scissors, small objects, i.e beads and amend my plan accordingly to suit each individual. Ensuring the voice of the child or young person is heard Advocacy safeguards children and young people and protects them from abuse and poor practice. The
1.1 Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety. Current legislation in place for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people are Children Act (1989 and 2004), Every Child Matters Framework, Health & Safety at Work Act, Education Act 2002 and Working Together to Safeguard Children (2006 and 2010). This legislation’s are in place to help safeguard children and young people and to try to prevent abuse. This Act includes two important parts, which states that the local authority has a duty to investigate when “they have reasonable cause to suspect harm to a child and that services must be put in place to protect such children. The Education Act sets out the responsibilities Children’s Act 1989 This act identifies the responsibilities of parents and professionals who must work to ensure the safety of a child.
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is under taken to protect specific children who are suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm. Effective child protection is essential as part of wider work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. However, all agencies and individuals should aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to promote children from harm is reduced. 1.2 2.3 Children should be raised in positive circumstances by providing safe and caring environments.
Task 1: Write an explanation of: * what it means to have a duty of care in own work role * How duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals Duty of care is a requirement and obligation that a person in a caring role has to make sure that others are taken care of and not harmed. It includes watching out for potential hazards and trying to prevent mistakes and accidents. It is important because of a duty of care is not met then the responsible person can be held accountable if things go wrong. A carer in early years has a duty of care to protect the children in their care by following the legislation and the policies and procedures that are in place at the workplace. Policies and procedures are put in place so that there are rules and boundaries to make sure that people know how to work in the setting and what is expected of them to prevent harm and danger to others in the work setting.
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.
Resubmission : Unit 5: The principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children E1 The practitioner’s main responsibilities in working in a professional relationship with children in schools is making sure children are listened to and valuing their opinions. Children should feel secure and valued because it will make them feel that they have a sense of belonging and including them no matter what their race, religion, abilities, disabilities or culture is. Listening to children is an important part in a relationship with children. If a child has any worries or concerns they should be able to talk to the practitioner because if the practitioner isn’t approachable the child may be suffering and feel they have no one to
One key example is early intervention; they are able to intervene with a situation almost immediately depending if the evidence gathered and shared to other professionals shows the Childs safety is being compromised. Helping to promote the safeguarding legislation and “Every Child Matters”- Being safe. This way of working also provides a universal of services to support families who may be struggling with certain things e.g financial issues. Multi agencies are a formal arrangement. Some other benefits of this co-operation between different professionals help to maintain the focus on the child, while in the educational system.
Preventing unsuitable people from working with children. Having systems and processes that ensure children are kept safe and allow for poor and unsafe practice to be challenged. Identifying instances in which there are grounds for concern about a child’s welfare, and initiating or taking appropriate action to keep them safe and contributing to effective partnership working between all those involved with providing safeguarding services for
Assessment Task – CYP Core 3.4 Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety Introduction Providing children and young people with a safe environment requires knowledge and understanding of potential hazards and risks. Task 1 links to learning and outcome 1, assessment criteria 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4. You are asked to provide a resource to inform staff in the setting about health and safety issues. You will need to provide: 1.1 A description of the factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services. There are a variety of different factors that should be taken into account when planning safe and healthy environments.
(M1) Discuss how policies and procedures help children and their families. A set of policies are principles, rules and guidelines formulated by an organization to reach and maintain a set of long term goals. These are normally published or placed in another form that allows for them to be wildly accessible to other organizations that will then also adopt them. By following the procedures of the policies will ensure that a point of view is held and will result in understandable steps to follow that view. When relating to the policies that affect the safety and lives of children and young people, these normally focus on guidelines on keeping young people away from dangers and reaffirming their chance of having positive lives.