Safeguarding Children Essay

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Unit 16: Understand Safeguarding of Children and Young People There are many policies and procedures that are in place to protect children whether you work closely with them or not at all. The following are just a few that I recognise and have researched that bit more because I feel that these would be more useful to me when we have visitors to the care home that are children or young people. Children Act 1989: This provides the legislative framework for Child Protection in England. This Act allocates duties to local authorities, courts, parents and other agencies in the United Kingdom, to ensure children are safeguarded and their welfare is promoted. Children Act 2004: This Act strengthens the Children Act 1989. Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006: Established a single body to make decisions about individuals who should be barred from working with children and to maintain a list of these individuals. Protection of Freedom Act 2012: Merged the Independent Safeguarding Authority with the Criminals Records Bureau (CRB) to form a single new, non-departmental public body called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) who enables organisations to make safer recruitment decisions. Every potential employee to our business requires a DBS check before commencing work. Possible signs, symptoms, indicators and behaviours that may cause me concern for the welfare of a child that I came into contact with could be as follows: Physical: Bruising, Burns, Bite marks or scars. Neglect: Dirty hair/skin, Soiled clothing, Under nourished, withdrawn. Sexual: Genital/rectal itching, lack of trust, isolated/withdrawn. Emotional: Low self-esteem, hair twisting, delayed development, attention seeking behaviours. As an adult I have a duty to report any concerns regarding the welfare and protection of children that enter our Care Home. If a child or young person alleges

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