Children Act 1989
This Act identiﬁ es the responsibilities of parents and professionals who must work to ensure the safety of the child. This Act includes two important sections which focus speciﬁ cally on child protection.
Education Act 2002 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 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
●the‘common’ assessment of children’s needs ● a shared database of information which is relevant to the safety and welfare of children
● earlier support for parents who are experiencing problems. Policies which safeguard
Schools must develop a range of policies which ensure the safety, security and well-being of their pupils. These will set out the responsibilities of staﬀ and the procedures that they must follow. Policies may be separate or incorporated into one health and safety policy, but they must include sections which cover the following issues of: ● safeguarding and protecting, and procedures for reporting ● e-safety
● bullying, including cyber-bullying (see page 00).
The Department for Education (DfE) provides guidance for local authorities including schools. Schools use this guidance to develop their own policy and procedures which must be followed. Two of these are listed below.
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2006)
This is guidance which sets out the duties of organisations and how they must work together to safeguard children and young people.
Actions to take in response to concerns that a colleague may be:
Failing to comply with safeguarding procedures:
All organisations which work with children have a responsibility to recruit staffs who are suitable to work with children....
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