Safeguarding Children Essay

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‘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. They outline the framework for determining how individual child protection referrals, actions and plans are made and carried out. They are based on the principle that the protection of children from harm is the responsibility of all individuals and agencies working with children and families, and with adults who may pose a risk to children. Partnership working and communication between agencies has been identified as crucial in order to identify vulnerable children and to help keep them safe from harm and abuse. The report into the death of Victoria Climbé highlighted the need for organisations to take safeguarding children seriously. Too many children are slipping through the system as Lord Laming’s (2003) inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbé raised questions in relation to poor social work practice and that of others including the Police and healthcare workers. The Laming Report also recognised that children in need of protection could rarely be differentiated from those with a broader range of needs. There was a substantial body of evidence to support that if services are provided early enough they can prevent the situation deteriorating to the point where children suffer significant harm.
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