Stalis Unit 2

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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate Level 3 QCF Unit 2: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People. Assessment Criteria 2.1.1 Outline current legislation, guidelines, policies, and procedures within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people. The main piece of legislation that covers the guidelines, policies, and procedures in relation to safeguarding of children and young people in England is The Children Act 2004. Its predecessor was The Children Act 1989 which established the principles of safeguarding children with regards to parents and those that work with children. The 2004 Act, laid down a number of legal requirements such as closer working relationships between the agencies e.g. schools, welfare services and health care professionals, and led to the introduction of the Every Child Matters framework the aims of which included to help implement the Act. This framework set out guidelines and stipulated that every child should be given the support to: • Be healthy, • Stay safe, • Enjoy and achieve, • Make a positive contribution • Achieve economic well-being. However, in April 2013 the new Working together to safeguard children guidance was implemented which unified previous guidance papers and legislation to clarify the obligations of professionals towards safeguarding children. It replaced Working together to safeguard children (2010) Framework for the assessment of children in need and their families (2000), and Statutory guidance on arranging to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (2007). Most of the responsibilities and processes in the new 2013 Working together guidance are similar to those that were stated in the 2010 guidance but according to the Department for Education’s “Revising and, following consultation, publishing

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