Policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people are -
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 - which ensure that children are safe and looked after, children have the right to be protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect, negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation including sexual abuse by those looking after them.
Children Act 1989 - Parents and professionals must work to ensure the safety of the child. Local Authority has ‘a duty to investigate when there is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
The 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.
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006 - This sets out the duties of organisations and how they must work together to safeguard children and young people.
Child protection is part of the wider work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering from any form of abuse or neglect. It also involves protecting children and young people from maltreatment and preventing impairment of a child’s health and development by ensuring children are raised in positive circumstances by providing safe and caring environments. Parents or carers who fail to protect or care for their children could then be taken to court and the child be then removed from the home and placed into care. 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. Assessing observations to identify additional support needs a child or young person will need (ECAF) which is a common assessment framework, this system enables multi agencies to access and add information about children.
As well as every school having a safeguarding policy of their own, every Borough should also have their own policies and procedures for safeguarding children. I am aware that St. Helens has its own safeguarding board and an appointed LADO (Local Authority Designated officer) In St Helens the Safeguarding and Review Managers will manage the work of the LADO with overall responsibility being vested in the Safeguarding Children Manager. The Unit managers will:
• Be involved in the management and oversight of individual cases • Provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations • Liaise with the police and other agencies
• Monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as Possible consistent with a thorough and fair process.
The SHSCB is responsible for ensuring that all agencies and departments that work with children and young people in the Borough , work in unity to support the welfare and safety of children in that area.. To ensure that work is carried out in an effective manner they coordinate the work of local agencies to provide a more optimistic outcome in regards to children’s safeguarding.st Helens works in line with the Every Child Matters programme which states that each child has a right to; Be healthy
Enjoy and achieve
Make a positive contribution
Achieve economic well being
The shscb also works hand in hand with local agencies to produce policies and procedures for safeguarding and...