Lisa mcculloch 30/1/14 unit 25 section 2 2.1 Safeguarding children and young people is so important because how children are treated can affect them their whole lives. Every child or young person has the right to live their life without being neglected or abused in any way. We have a duty of care to protect them. If they are protected they are more likely to grow up to be well rounded confident adults. 2.2 The importance of the children and young persons centred approach is to try and stop abused children and young people falling through the cracks, this has happened in the past when people have been to different hospitals or moved house.
All schools and organisations involving children should have by law a safeguarding policy. It’s a holistic approach to looking after children and young people involving all agencies that may have an interest. The policies are now called safeguarding, not child protection due to child protection being based mainly on abuse; safeguarding covers everything of child protection and more. Safeguarding is all the policies and procedures given to help provide the child some safety; all policies and procedures should be reviewed and updated regularly. Child protection is part of the wider concept to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and is to do with looking out for the children that look to be suffering from any kind of abuse, maltreatment and trying to prevent impairment before it’s too late.
The main purpose of this Law is to improve, in respect of the Bailiwick of Guernsey (except Sark) the rules in relation to children and their families. Precautions are made to ensure all the children’s adequate needs are met and to support Parents, Families and others caring for or working with children. Giving specific guidelines to follow for the protection of all children. This enables everyone involved with children the guidance of duties of care, powers and rights and sets out specific objectives for the care of every young person under 18 years. At St Sampson’s High school I feel our most important Policy relating to The Children (Guernsey and Alderney) Law 2008 is ‘The Child Protection Policy’ There are 4 Purposes within this policy.
Local Authorities have ‘a duty to investigate when there is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm’. The Education Act 2002 outlines the responsibilities of Local Education Authorities (LEAs), Governing bodies, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure that children are safe and free from harm. The Children Act 2004 highlights the need for all agencies involved in children’s services to work together to improve the well-being of children and young people. It is the responsibility of teachers and teaching assistants to be familiar with and implement policies regarding safeguarding children. The Every Child Matters agenda defines what is meant by the ‘well-being’ of children through the five outcomes that schools and teachers aim for every child to reach: be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, achieve economic well-being.
Understand Safeguarding of Children and Young People (for those Working in the Adult Sector) Understand the policies, procedures and practices for safe working with children and young people 1.1 Explain the policies, procedures and practices for safe working with children and young people Safeguarding children refers to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play in how this protection is carried out. In health & social care work there is likely to be a range of situations where staff will be exposed to children. This may involve direct contact through care services and supervision for children themselves, either by themselves or together with their parents, or with others. It is a legal requirement for health & social care workers to obtain an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure before they will be allowed to work with children.
Children Act 1989- This act is put in place to safeguard all children ensuring that children are safe, all their needs are met and to prevent abuse. This sets legal basis for all the agencies like social services on how to deal with any issues that concern children. Guidelines for this act is are all to follow the parents, carers, child minders, nursery staff, doctors, nurses ect. Children have be protected all the time so if childcare practitioner notices any different than they are appropriate to take steps if there is any sign of child abuse or neglect. B. Children’s act 2004- In 2003 after a death in child care that the act 1989 wasn’t enough to ensure that all the children were being protected from harm and being safeguarded so the children act 2004so it was put into place known as ‘ every child matters’.
Safeguarding is a concept which is used to protect children in public care from harm. This concept covers all agencies and services when working with young people and families. Each individual that comes into contact with children and families in a working role have a duty to promote the welfare of children and also protect them from harm. All agencies must ensure that any potential harm to any child’s welfare is kept to a minimum. If a concern is identified, caregivers must take all appropriate action to address these concerns whilst working to set policies and procedures.
Safeguarding a child or young person is also to ensure that they have the outlook to achieve their true potential and have the right to be protected from abuse, such as: Physical abuse Sexual abuse Emotional abuse Neglect Exploitation This also shows the consequence of shared responsibilities as there can be many different agencies involved in dealing with each case. Safeguarding children is fundamentally part of schools everyday activities Wearing ID badges to identify oneself Not putting ourselves at risk to possible complaints Signing in and out of school Ensuring current legislation is adhered to such as, Every Child Matters Data Protection Human Rights Health and Safety at Work The Safeguarding Policy should be compliant with sections from: The Education Act (2004) Working Together The Local Children's Safeguarding Board To take account and inform of policy in related areas such as, Discipline Bullying e-safety exploitation Child protection is part of the wider concept to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect particular children who maybe suffering from any form of abuse or neglect. This also involves, protecting children and young people from maltreatment besides
• The Education Act 2002 - This act give certain responsibilities to head teachers and the governing bodies in all schools and they talk about how schools can keep their children safe and free from harm. • Working together to Safeguard children (2006) - This is a set of duties that organisations are given so that they can work together to help with safeguarding children and young people. • E-Safety - All staff have contact with the children in their workplace and they are expected to take into account the safety of all the children and also promote the safe and responsible use of technology in its many forms, they need to have the opportunity to learn about the behaviours of children that could possibly be linking to E-Safety issues, and to know where to get help. There are a number of different agencies that are involved in the safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and these include:- • Schools- The roles of schools are so that they are able to support
| 1.1 Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety. Children’s Act 1989:This Act identifies the responsibilities of parents and professionals who work to ensure the safety of the child. This Act includes two sections which focus mainly on child protection. It states that the Local Authority has a duty to investigate when there is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering, or likely to suffer any harm. It also states that services must be put into place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within the area who are in need.The Education Act:This sets out the responsibilities of Local Education Authorities (LEAs), governing bodies, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure that children are safe and free from harm.Children’s Act 2004This provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters.