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.
| 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.
We must promote good health of all children within our care and take steps to prevent the spread of any possible infections and make sure we take appropriate action when child is ill. Child protection should be one of the most important parts of working with children. To make sure we are protecting children as a EYFS statutory framework is telling us there should be policy and procedures to safeguard children. All ‘the safeguarding policies and procedures must include an explanation of the action to be taken’ – EYFS Statutory Framework page 13 ‘Child protection’ 2012 and it’s our responsibility to make sure we know how to protect children and it is our responsibility to know the policies and procedures. The manager should make sure all staff know the safeguarding policy and procedures and ensure that staff has up to date knowledge about it. Making sure people that are working in nurseries or school are suitable for their job is very important that’s why providers must make sure that people working there are fully suitable to ‘fulfil the requirements of their role’ - EYFS Statutory Framework page 14 Ofsted is responsible to make sure child minders are suitable to do their job and to check whether they work place is suitable and safe for children.
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.
1.1 Legislations and Guidelines • Child Act of 1989 • Children Act 2004 • Working Together to Safeguard Children 1999 • UNN Convention on Rights of Children 1998 • Working Together to Safeguard CYP 2006 • Vetting and Barring Scheme –CRB • Every Child Matters ECM Child Act of 1989 Parents and professionals must work to ensure the safety of the child. Local Authority has a duty to investigate when there is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Children Act 2004 This provides the legal Framework for Every Child Matters. It includes the requirement for: Services to work more closely, forming an integrated service. Children Act 1989/2004 The Act from 1989 updated in 2004, is the most influential of the several laws relating to children, because is all about how children are treated.
H&S at work Act 1974; States our duty to protect everyone’s, including our own, safety, health and welfare. This includes a school’s duty to make sure staff and volunteers have a DBS check. Children Act 1989; Children should be protected from harm regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity. “Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means: * 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. * taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome” http://www.safenetwork.org.uk/getting_started/Pages/Why_does_safeguarding_matter.aspx “The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility.
Safeguarding Answer the following questions: Unit 025 – Understand How to Safeguard the Well-being of Children and Young People. 1. Outline current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people Policies and procedures for safeguarding and child protection in England and Wales have been formulated from; Children Act 1989 Protects children and young people in the UK and clarifies to people working with children what their duties are and how to work together in event of child abuse. England and Wales produced a separate document Working Together to Safeguard Children (1999), which emphasises the responsibilities of professionals towards children who are at risk of harm. Children Act 2004 • Integration of children’s services and introduction of children’s directors who are responsible for local authority education and children’s social services • Lead councillors for children’s services with political responsibility for child welfare • The establishment of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards who have statutory powers to ensure that social services, the NHS, education services, the Police and other services work together to protect vulnerable children • A new Common Assessment Framework to help agencies to identify welfare needs • Revised arrangements for sharing information Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006 Revised and updated on safeguarding and a national framework to help agencies work individually and together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children The Vetting and Barring Scheme Introduced in October 2009, this aims to prevent unsuitable people working with children and vulnerable people.
1.1 Outline current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people The Children Act 1989. Local authorities, courts and parents, together with other agencies in the UK have duties to ensure children and young people are safeguarded and to promote their welfare. Any delays in the system when a child’s welfare is at risk will have a detrimental impact on their wellbeing. The child’s welfare is vital. It is important that children are listened to and their wishes are taken into account alongside physical and emotional needs, age, sex, background and circumstances.
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 current legislation in place is as follows: The Children Act 1989. This Act states that the welfare of a child is predominant in regard to their upbringing. It also outlines the rights, duties and obligations of those with parental responsibility and professionals to ensure the safety of a child. This legislation contains two vital sections. Section 47 states that if a Local Authority suspects a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, from significant harm they have a duty to investigate.