Safeguarding Essay

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Safeguarding Although the philosophy of the Act is that the child is best brought up in their own families, at times this is not in the best interests of the child. The LA has a duty to safeguard and promote the child’s welfare (s.22(3)). (CA(1989)The overarching principle of the Act is that the welfare of the child is paramount (s.1) regardless of race, religion or culture. Although section 22(5)[c]) of the Act it states that the local authorities must consider “the child's religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background”, this only applies to looked after children (Brammer 2007). Under the Race Relations (Amendment Act) 2000, LA’s have a duty to promote good race relations and equality, provide a culturally sensitive service and protect against racial discrimination. Whilst articles 3,5,6,8 and 14 within the Human Rights Act 1998 are important to children, it is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) that provides a comprehensive framework for children to attain their full potential. It sets out over 40 substantive rights including protection from harm and exploitation, access to education and health and family life (Every Child Matters 2007). The government’s first attempt to transforms children’s services was the implementation of the Quality Protects initiative. Also part of a wider set of projects including ‘Sure Start’ to help children in their early years and their families get off to a better start in life. The Quality Protects programme set out eleven key objectives (DoH 1999) (appendix 1) for children’s services requiring all statutory agencies as ‘corporate parents’ to work together, ensuring that children’s social services provide targeted care for disadvantaged children to enable them to take maximum advantages of universal services, most notably health and education. It was the key mechanism for

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