Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People

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Unit 6: Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People 1.1: Children's Act 1989: This Act states the responsibilities of parents and professionals, who should ensure the safety of the child. Local authorities have the duty to ensure the safety and welfare of children, and have a legal requirement to investigate cases in which they believe a child is suffering from significant harm. They are also required to have services within the area which promotes the safety and welfare of children in need. Education Act 2002: Local Education Authorities (LEAs), governing bodies, head teachers, and those working within schools, have a responsibility to ensure that children are kept safe and free from harm. Children Act 2004: Local authorities and services have a legal right to share information regarding the welfare of the child, underpinning the legal framework for the Every Child Matters outcomes. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of a child and young people, schools have a responsibility to produce a range of policies which statesthe responsibilities of the staff members, and the procedures which they have to follow. This will include: • Safeguarding and protecting, and procedures for reporting • E-safety • Bullying, including cyber-bullying Local authorities, including schools use the guidance from the Department for Education (DfE), to produce their own policies and procedures, which must be followed. Two of these guidances are: What to do if you're worried a child is being abused (2006): Actions and procedures which should be followed when reporting a case of abuse. Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guidance for organisations, and the duties they have to safeguard children and young people. 1.2: Usually parents and carers have the primary responsibility for safeguarding their children, in some circumstances however
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