1.1 Outline current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK home nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people. The united nations convention on the rights of children (1989) is a very important piece of legislation that helps tell everyone what the rights of children/young people are, although it is important it is not apart of the uk law. The children’s act (2004) is the piece of legislation that outlines the national framework for delivering children’s services and created the Every Child Matters five outcomes for children/young people which all professionals must work towards. Framework for assessment for children in need and their families is a policy to protect children from all types of harm and ensure that their development needs are responded to appropriately, a framework has been developed to provide a systematic way of analysing, understanding, and recording what is happening to children/young people within their families and the wider community in which they live. 1.2 Explain child protection within the wider concept of safeguarding of children and young people. Safeguarding children/young people means protecting them from abuse or neglect, getting the right support in place as early as possible and creating an environment in which children/young people feel safe and healthy. Wider forms of safeguarding also include; risk assessments such as providing a safe environment inside and outside a school setting. Adhering to school policies, procedures and legislation i.e. health and safety, fire drills and missing children. Keeping up to date with training in safeguarding issues. Encouraging learning and development of children and young people.
1.3 Analysis how national and local guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding affect day to day work with children and young people. Within childcare practice they must be aware that they have a clear and defined role in relation to child protection. Professionals working with children/young people i.e. teaching assistants, volunteers, outside agencies are CRB checked (criminal records bureau). Adults working with children should also be fully trained in safeguarding children by a nominated safeguarding adviser, have the opportunity to receive training in order to develop their understanding of the signs and indicators of abuse or neglect. Guidance on confidentiality and sharing; the head teacher or safeguarding officer will only disclose personal information concerning a child to other members of staff on a need to know basis, however all staff must be aware that they have a responsibility to share information with other agencies. If a child/young person does disclose information to a member of staff and ask that that information remains ‘a secret’, it is vital that the member of staff tells the child/young person sensitively that they have a duty to transfer information to the appropriate agencies in order for other children to be safeguarded. 1.4 Explain when and why inquiries and serious case reviews are required and how sharing of the findings informs practise. Serious care reviews are undertaken when a child dies including suspected suicide, abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor of the death. Local safeguarding children’s board may decide to conduct an SCR whenever a child has been seriously harmed and the case gives rise to concerns about the way in which local professionals and services will work together. The purpose of SCR’S is to:
Establish what lessons are to be learnt from the case about the way local professionals and organisations work individually and together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Identify clearly what those lessons are both within and between agencies, how and within what timescales they will be acted on and what is expected to change as a result. Improve intra- and inter agency working and better safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Safeguarding...
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