Task 3 links to learning outcome 3
Policies and procedures form an important part of work place practice. It is vital to ensure that all staff have a clear understanding of the requirements and responsibilities in relation to the safeguarding of children, young people and staff. Add to your folder the following:
3.1. An explanation of why it is important to ensure children and young people are protected from harm within the work setting.
It is important for children and young people to be protected from harm within school/college to help them learn and thrive. This can only be achieved when they are healthy, safe and their welfare is promoted. Educational achievement is an effective way for children to increase their chances to flourish and work their way out of poverty and away from harm. 3.2 An explanation of 'policies and procedures' that are in place to protect children and young people and adults who work with them.
Procedures and systems provide clear guidance on what to do in different circumstances and they clarify roles and responsibilities. These policies and procedures should include: Working together to safeguard Children (2010),
Health and safety Policy,
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children,
A Child protection Policy
What to do if you're worried a child is being abused (2003), A Health and Safety policy
Away from the policies and procedures there are other ways adults can protect themselves by being familiar with all expected day to day issues that could arise within their work environment and what actions they should take in relation to their occurrence. (examples are from North Yorkshire’s 'Practice guide - Safe working Practices)
Duty of Care : All adults who work with, and on behalf of children are accountable for the way in which they exercise authority; manage risk; use resources; and safeguard children and young people. Trusted adults are expected to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people. Failure to do so may be regarded as neglect. Adults should understand the responsibilities, which are part of their employment or role, and be aware that sanctions will be applied if these provisions are breached. They should always act, and be seen to act, in the child’s best interests, avoid any conduct which would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation and intentions and take responsibility for their own actions and behaviour
Confidentiality:Adults may have access to confidential information about children and young people in order to undertake their responsibilities. They may have access to or be given highly sensitive or private information. These details must be kept confidential at all times and only shared when it is in interests of the child to do so. Such information must not be used to intimidate, humiliate, or embarrass the child or young person concerned. Adults should be clear about when information can be shared and in what circumstances it is appropriate to do so. Be expected to treat information they receive about children and young people in a discreet and confidential manner. They should seek advice from a senior member of staff if they are in any doubt about sharing information they hold or which has been requested of them and need to know to whom any concerns or allegations should be reported
Gifts, Rewards and Favouritism : The giving of gifts or rewards to children or young people should be part of an agreed policy for supporting positive behaviour or recognising particular achievements. In some situations, the giving of gifts as rewards may be accepted practice for a group of children, whilst in other situations the giving of a gift to an individual child or young person will be part of an agreed plan, recorded and discussed with senior...