Cypw Unit 25 Outcome 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

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Unit 25 1.1 Outline current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people. The children’s Act 1989 The children’s act 1989 is a British act of parliament that changed the law concerning children; the law introduced the idea of ‘Parental responsibility’ i.e. - The child’s requirements arising from race, culture, language and religion be taken into account. - The best place for a child/young person was to be cared for was within their own home. - If legal proceedings should occur then parents should continue to be involved with their children, even if the parents were separated or divorced. - The welfare of a child should be promoted by a healthy partnership between the local authority and by family involved. The most important ruling of the children’s act was the welfare of the child and it should be regarded paramount by a court in any question of the child’s upbringing. The following checklist must take place by a court when making a decision about a child’s future; - The wishes and feelings of the child/young person must be taken into consideration and that the child has a chance to expresses their concerns and opinions. - The physical, emotional and the educational needs of a child be taken into thought - e.g. could it affect their education if removed from their family due to stress, this could also affect the child physically, losing weight due to unhappiness and upheaval in their lives. Emotionally a child/young person could feel frightened about being alone and separated from parents, the will almost certainly feel insecure and rejected about the transition they will have to make. - Any harm that that the child has already suffered or is at risk of suffering if kept in his/hers present surroundings. The heart of the children’s act is to offer adequate

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