Understand Safeguarding of Children and Young People (for Those Working in the Adult Sector)

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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. The agency that I am the Registered Manager for does not provide care for children, therefore the only contact staff have with children is indirect through the provision of health & social care to the children’s parents, or relatives. There is legislation referring to working with children that staff of the agency I work for must be aware of. The main one of these is the Children Act 2004. All health & social care work is carried out to comply with legal guidelines. These Children Acts are the most important legislation for working with children and provides workers with a number of key principles upon which they can base their practice. The main guidelines of the Children Act are: 1) Promoting the welfare of the child 2) Wherever possible children should be brought up and cared for within their own families. 3) Parents whose children are considered to be in need should be
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