The main purpose of this Law is to improve, in respect of the Bailiwick of Guernsey (except Sark) the rules in relation to children and their families. Precautions are made to ensure all the children’s adequate needs are met and to support Parents, Families and others caring for or working with children. Giving specific guidelines to follow for the protection of all children. This enables everyone involved with children the guidance of duties of care, powers and rights and sets out specific objectives for the care of every young person under 18 years. At St Sampson’s High school I feel our most important Policy relating to The Children (Guernsey and Alderney) Law 2008 is ‘The Child Protection Policy’ There are 4 Purposes within this policy.
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
It also 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: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’s Act 2004This provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters. It states that all services work more closely, forming a better service using a shared database of information which is relevant to the safety and welfare of children and giving earlier support for parents who are experiencing problems. Schools must
School action is the action taken when special educational needs are identified by teachers and additional help is then given or different from those provided by the usual differentiated curriculums are put place. (E8) The human rights Act 2000 This Act have had a huge impact in current legislation in the UK. Under the Act it was agreed that children would have the same rights as adults which means children have the right to dignity, respect and fairness in the way that they are treated.
Unit 6: Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People 1.1: Children's Act 1989: This Act states the responsibilities of parents and professionals, who should ensure the safety of the child. Local authorities have the duty to ensure the safety and welfare of children, and have a legal requirement to investigate cases in which they believe a child is suffering from significant harm. They are also required to have services within the area which promotes the safety and welfare of children in need. Education Act 2002: Local Education Authorities (LEAs), governing bodies, head teachers, and those working within schools, have a responsibility to ensure that children are kept safe and free from harm. Children Act 2004: Local authorities and services have a legal right to share information regarding the welfare of the child, underpinning the legal framework for the Every Child Matters outcomes.
1.1 Outline current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people The Children Act 1989. Local authorities, courts and parents, together with other agencies in the UK have duties to ensure children and young people are safeguarded and to promote their welfare. Any delays in the system when a child’s welfare is at risk will have a detrimental impact on their wellbeing. The child’s welfare is vital. It is important that children are listened to and their wishes are taken into account alongside physical and emotional needs, age, sex, background and circumstances.
The Children Act 2004 introduced further changes to the way the child protection system is structured and organised in England and Wales. 1. Children Act 1989 (England and Wales)/Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995: These acts were brought in to simplify the laws to protect children and young people. These laws made it clear to all people who work with children what their duties were and how they all should work together in the event of allegations of child abuse. England and Wales produced separate documents – Working together to Safeguard Children (1999) – which highlights the duties of professionals towards children who are at risk of abuse.
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. Every Child Matters 2003 – Be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make positive contribution, achieve economic well being. Nurseries must develop a range of policies which ensure the safety, security and well-being of their children. These will set out the responsibilities of staff and the procedures that they must follow.
UNCRC states that every childcare setting should practice equal opportunities, this means that there must be disabled access for the children present and or in the future coming into the setting. The setting should also provide a special educational needs (SEN) teaching assistant for any child who has learning difficulties and needs or requests help. “If you are disabled, either physically or mentally you have the right to special care and education” (UNCRC Article 23.) UNCRC also encourages multi-agency teams, if any child is being abused or the practitioners feel as though the child may be in danger or being neglected then they may call a meeting with anyone involved in the child’s care. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 prevents malpractice by safeguarding employees and children within the settings area.
This act includes two important sections which focus specifically 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 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 of 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 and it includes