Safguarding Essay

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National Childminding Association Issue no: 02 Issue date: 2 February 2009 |[pic] | | NCMA Safeguarding Children Policy Statement The scope of this policy statement applies to NCMA employees on both permanent and fixed term contracts, casual workers, sub-contractors, key volunteers (including unpaid project specific1) and trustees. NCMA is committed to supporting quality home-based childcare services2 that promote children’s welfare and safeguard children from harm or abuse. NCMA endorses the view that strong safeguarding policies and procedures help fulfil a child’s right to protection from abuse, as contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). In England, NCMA endorses the view in “Every Child Matters” that all children deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential across the five Every Child Matters outcomes that are key to children and young people’s well-being. In Wales, NCMA supports the seven Core Aims for Children and Young People in the Welsh Assembly Government’s “Rights in Action”. NCMA’s approach to child protection is based on the principles recognised in UK legislation and guidance including the Children Act 1989, Human Rights Act 1998, Children Act 2004, Early Years Foundation Stage, Foundation Phase, Flying Start and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006 (England and Wales version). Definitions There is no single law that defines the age of a child across the UK. Therefore, the term “child” will be defined in line with both current English and Welsh legislation relating to different areas of policy. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: • Protecting children from maltreatment • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.

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