The current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within our UK nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people are:
The children’s act 2004- this law was brought out as it was clear that in 2003 children were still not being properly protected from harm, abuse and vulnerability. This was highlighted by the case of Victoria Climbie who suffered abuse and a tragic death at the hands of her carers, it was reported that there were many signs missed by society that could have saved her life. There for the children’s act was brought out in 2004 to try and further protect children, this act mainly consists of: Reference for the information in bullet points below- children and young people’s workforce early learning and childcare text book, page 110 level 3 diplomas Heinemann learning work based, author- Penny Tassoni. • Interrogation of children’s services and the introduction of children’s directors with responsibility for local authority education and children’s social services. • Lead councillors for children’s services with political responsibility for local child welfare. • The establishment of local safeguarding children’s boards with statuary powers to ensure that social service, the NHS, education services, the police and other services work together to protect vulnerable children. • A new common assessment framework to assist agencies in identifying welfare needs. • Revised arrangements for sharing information.
The children’s act 2006- this legislation makes it clear to all those that work with children of their duties and responsibilities to care for children. It outlines how to work together in the event of allegations and suspicion of child abuse and how to deal with such situations. This emphasises the responsibilities of professionals towards the children who may be or are at risk of harm. It states that professionals must work together with other agencies to help protect children. It is in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
Every child matters- this pieces of legislation consists of five outcomes, these out comes are: • To be healthy- enjoy good physical and mental health and live a healthy lifestyle. • Staying safe- be protected from harm and neglect and grow up to be able to look after themselves. • Enjoying and achieving- getting the most out of life and develop broad skills for adult life. • Making a positive contribution- to the community and to society. Not to engage in anti-social behaviour and offensive behaviour. • Economic well being- to not be prevented by economic disadvantages from achieving their full potential out of life.
Vetting and barring scheme- this piece of legislation is there to prevent unsuitable people from being able to work with children and vulnerable adults. Everyone who wishes to work with children must now have a CRB check done before being employed to work with children. The CRB gives employers the details of any criminal records an employee may have, this helps the employer choose suitable and safe people to work within their setting and help to keep children safe.
The children’s act 1989- the aim of this law was to simplify the laws that protected children and young people. It made it clear to all those that work with children of children’s rights and how they need to be protected. It made clear the duties of practitioners and how they need to work together to protect children in the event of signs of abuse.
United Nations convention for the rights of the child 1989- has five outcomes these are: • Being healthy- enjoying good physical and mental health and living a healthy life style. • Staying safe- being protected from harm and neglect and growing up able to look after themselves. • Enjoying and achieving- getting the most out of life and...