Section 47 states that the Local Authority has ‘a duty to investigate when there is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering, or likely to suffer, signiﬁcant 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. Children Act 2004 This provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters. It includes the requirement for: * services to work more closely, forming an integrated service * a ‘common’ assessment of children’s needs * a shared database of information
Education Act 2002 This tackles the responsibilities of local education authorities, governing bodies, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure that children are safe and free from harm. What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (2006) These guidelines deal with people working with children and how they can safeguard and promote their welfare – as well as what actions to take if they have concerns. Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) This legislation details the responsibilities of all organisations and people to be aware of, prevent and report hazards, accidents and incidents. Policies All schools should have local policies which ensure the safety, security and well-being of their pupils. In my setting there are the following policies/procedures: * Safeguarding Children – what action to take and who to go to (Child Protection Officer) if you have concerns or if a child makes a disclosure.
I make sure I go by all these in my work role so I know I’m safeguarding the children to the best of my ability. Observing and assessing children’s development is essential so you are alert to anything that is not expected of that child at their development, we should also keep parents/careers up to date. Duty of care contributes to the safeguarding contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals by protecting them from any harm weather it’s physical or psychological. IN our nursery we safeguard children by * Setting clear boundaries for children’s behaviour and using strategies to discourage behaviour which could harm others. We do this according to their developmental stage.
CYP33.1.1 Current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people. CYP33.1.2 Explain child protection within the wider concept of safeguarding children and young people CYP33.1 Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people There are policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of young people and children. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 ensures that children are kept safe and looked after. It states that all children have a right to be protected from any form of abuse whether it be physical, mental, neglect, negligence, maltreatment, injury or exploitation. Children Act 1989 outlines that parents and professionals must work together to ensure the safety of a child.
Social services have the powers to investigate any suspected improper behaviour from carers, children or the school. They work together with the school ensure the child’s safety and that a child’s needs are met. If a referral is made by the school social services have to meet and conduct interviews with the child and the family members involved, they talk with them and get all the relevant information about the child and their circumstances, and the child’s background.. 2. Families First. Families First is a Welsh government programme designed to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.
Seeking ways to improve the general health and wellbeing of all children In order for the practitioner to understand the full implications of safeguarding, it is important to be aware of one’s role, responsibilities and the understanding of the relevant safeguarding legislation, policies and procedures that apply to their role in the school. Recent legislation has been enacted in response to high profile cases such as the death of Maria Colwell (1973) and Victoria Climbie (2000). Children’s Act 1989 This Act identifies the responsibilities of parents and professionals who must ensure the safety of the child. Section 47 sets out the duty of responsibility of the Local Authority to investigate suspicion of child suffering or significant harm. Section 17 requires there to be services to be put in place in the area to promote the welfare of children and safeguard those in need.
The Education Act 2002 - This sets out 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. Children Act 2004 - This provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters. It includes the requirement for: Services to work more closely, forming a integrated service A common assessment of children’s needs A shared data base of information which is relevant to the safety and welfare of children Earlier support for parents who are experiencing problems E- safety council - set up guidelines for the safe use of the internet and other technology in order to protect children and young people from harm Describe the roles of different agencies involved in safeguarding the welfare of the children and young people Doctor/ Hospital - doctor’s are usually the first person of call for their patients, and usually are first to pick up possible signs of physical abuse when examining a child or young person at their surgery. Social services - Social services have a duty to support vulnerable families. They must
‘Children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physically or mentally. Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them’. (Article 19 UNICEF Rights of a Child) Everyone has a responsibility to take action if they are worried about a child’s welfare. The All Wales Child Protection Procedures are an essential part of the wider agenda of safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. The common standards they provide guide and inform child protection practice in each of the 22 Local Safeguarding Children Boards across Wales.
1. Why is it important to safeguard children and young people? Legislation, guidelines and policies place a duty on all those working in schools to ensure the health, safety and security of children in their care.The importance of safeguarding children and young people is also significant in enabling them to develop and reach their full potential. Failure to safeguard children and young people can have a negative impact on a child’s development and health. Children and young people need to be protected from neglect and abuse and have a safe environment in which to grow up in with parents, teachers and any other close adult being approachable and accessible if needed, should a child develop a difficulty that concerns them.
Working together to safeguard children 2006 - working together to safeguard children sets out how nurseries, parents and carers along with health care professionals, social services and other organisations can work together to help safeguard the welfare of children and young people. Vetting and barring scheme- the vetting and barring scheme was set up by ICS (independent safeguarding authority) their aim is to prevent children being harmed by preventing unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. At present due to the coalition some changes are being made to this system. Every Child Matters- the main focus areas for Every Child matters is early intervention, a shared sense responsibility, information sharing and integrated front line services. Every child matters believes that for a child to fulfil their potential, organisations, doctors, schools, nurseries and government agencies should help and