Safe Guarding Essay

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Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety Children Act 1989 This Act identifi es the responsibilities of parents and professionals who must work to ensure the safety of the child. This Act includes two important sections which focus specifi cally 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 suff ering, or likely to suff er, signifi cant 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 which is relevant to the safety and welfare of children ● earlier support for parents who are experiencing problems. Policies which safeguard Schools must develop a range of policies which ensure the safety, security and well-being of their pupils. These will set out the responsibilities of staff and the procedures that they must follow. Policies may be separate or incorporated into one health and safety policy, but they must include sections which cover the following issues of: ● safeguarding and protecting, and procedures for reporting ● e-safety ● bullying, including cyber-bullying (see page 00). The Department for Education (DfE) provides guidance for local authorities including
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