Name Elizabeth Freshwater Job title Team Leader Organisation Northerncare Date 20/04/2012
Induction Standards Workbook Contents 2
3 Chapter 7: Standard 1: understand the principles and values essential for working with children and young people 37 Chapter 9: Standard 3: understand health and safety requirements 56 Chapter 10: Standard 4: know how to communicate effectively 69 Chapter 11: Standard 5: understand the development of children and young people 88 Chapter 12: Standard 6: safeguard children (keep them safe from harm) 105 Chapter 13: Standard 7: develop yourself 118 Chapter 14: what next?
18 Chapter 8: Standard 2: understand your role in the children and young people’s workforce (employed or self-employed)
When completing this workbook please refer to the guidance notes (Chapters 1-6 and appendices) in the ‘Induction standards workbook guide’ which is available at www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/induction-standards
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Standard 1: understand the principles and values essential for working with children and young people The following principles and values are essential for working with children and young people. They form the basis of the first standard and underpin all the remaining induction standards. They apply to all the work that you will do with children, young people and their families. Principles • The welfare of the child and young person is paramount • Workers contribute to children’s care, learning and development, and safeguarding; this is reflected in every aspect of practice and service provision • Workers work with parents and families who are partners in the care, learning, development and safeguarding of their children, recognising they are the child’s first and most enduring carers and educators Values • The needs, rights and views of the child are at the centre of all practice and provision • Individuality, difference and diversity are valued and celebrated • Equality of opportunity and antidiscriminatory practice are actively promoted • Children’s health and well-being are actively promoted • Children’s personal and physical safety is safeguarded, whilst allowing for risk and challenge as appropriate to the capabilities of the child • Self-esteem and resilience are recognised as essential to every child’s development • Confidentiality and agreements about confidential information are respected as appropriate unless a child’s protection and well-being are at stake • Professional knowledge, skills and values are shared appropriately in order to enrich the experience of children more widely Best practice requires a continuous search for improvement and selfawareness of how workers are perceived by others.
Induction Standards Workbook Standard 1 4
Standard 1: understand the principles and values essential for working with children and young people
Summary This standard is all about understanding principles and values that you need to put into practice when working with children and young people. You will need to show that you truly understand how to make those values real in your everyday work in a way that respects diversity. Understanding the importance of confidentiality is vital and you will need to demonstrate that you know what you should keep confidential and what you should not. There’s also the issue of sharing information; you will be expected to know how to put into practice your organisation’s policies and procedures. CWDC has worked with the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to produce tools, advice and guidance to promote good practice in information sharing. These can be found at: www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/informationsharing Taking a child-centred approach or a young person-centred approach must be at the core of your work. It is one of the ways you will put the principles of your work into practice. You will be expected to show that you...