Promote the Well-Being and Protection of Children and Young People

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Level 3 Health & Social care Children & Young People Promote the well-being and protection of Children and Young People One of the most important aspects of my role is the health, safety and well-being of the young people I work with. Whilst parents and carers are responsible for the safety and welfare of children in their care, protecting children and young people from abuse and neglect is the responsibility of the whole community. Under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970, the Government published guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse. This is called ‘No Secrets’. The guidance offers a structure and content for the development of local inter-agency policies, procedures and joint protocols. There are 7 categories of abuse defined in ‘No Secrets’. Although the guidance is for protection of vulnerable adults the categories of abuse are also the same for children. The types of abuse are: Physical Abuse Neglect Sexual abuse Financial or material abuse Emotional / Psychological abuse Discriminatory abuse Institutional abuse Some signs and symptoms of the different types of abuse are: Physical Abuse - Unexplained recurrent injuries or burns, excuses or refusal to explain injuries, aggression towards others, fear of physical contact, fear of their abuser being contacted, keeping their body completely covered up even in hot weather, signs of depression or low self-esteem, unconfident or over aggressive, self-destructive tendencies. Neglect - Constant hunger, poor personal hygiene, tiredness, poor state of dress/unkempt, underweight, untreated medical problems, signs of depression or low self-esteem, withdrawn, stealing things like food/clothes. Sexual Abuse - Being overly affectionate or knowledgeable in a sexual way inappropriate to the child's age,
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