Cyp3.3 How to Safeguard the Well Being of Children and Young People

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CYP: 3.3; Understand How To Safeguard the Well- being Of Children and Young People.

1.1; A good knowledge of current legislation and guidelines are extremely important as the welfare of the children in your care is paramount, therefore we as practitioners must work alongside the guidelines, policies and procedures, and always follow legislation. * The UNCRC (1989) is a treaty that the UK signed up to in 1991. It is a set of articles that include ‘the rights of a child to be kept safe’. Article 19 states that it is the child’s right to be protected from all forms of physical or mental abuse, injury or violence, neglect or negligent treatment and exploitation including sexual abuse by those who look after them. * The Children’s Act 1989 recognises the responsibilities of both parents and professionals to ensure the safety of children. Those who work with children and young people work with two specific parts of this act. Section 47 states that the local authority has a duty to investigate when there is reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Section 17 states that to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are in need, a range of services appropriate to the children’s needs should be put into place. * The Data Protection Act 1998 is a piece of legislation that is there to protect the rights and privacy of the children and their families ensuring that any information recorded and collected is done so with the knowledge and consent of the families. * Every Child Matters 2003 is the ‘green paper’ that Lord Laming set up after his enquiry into the tragic circumstances leading to the death of Victoria Climbie. Laming found that on numerous occasions Victoria’s life could have been saved. Laming found that various agencies and services involved with Victoria leading up to her death, had not shared vital information. On the very day Victoria died the social services involved closed her case as they thought she was no longer a ‘child in need’. * Working Together To Safeguard Children 2006 sets out guidelines for organisations and individuals to work together to safeguard children and promote the welfare of children has been updated and revised following Lord Laming’s findings from the enquiry into the death of Peter Connelly (Baby P), along with Sir Michael Bichards recommendations following the deaths of Holly wells and Jessica Chapman, ensuring that anyone working with children should have the correct training and to be CRB checked. * What To Do If You Are Worried a Child Is Being Abused 2006 is a guide for those who are working with children and young people. It outlines the child protection processes that are within the Working Together and Framework for Assessment documents. It also looks at the actions to be taken if there are any concerns about a child. * The Children’s Act 2004 provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters, the introduction of children’s directors that have the responsibility for the local education authority and children’s services, the establishment of local safeguarding children’s boards that have the responsibility and obligation for their agencies to provide and integrated service and a working together initiative.

1.2; Safeguarding or child protection covers a wider range. We are all responsible for the protection of children/ young people in our care. Safeguarding is in place with all the different legislations to prevent harm and give all children the right to a good education, equal opportunities, to be healthy, to develop to the best of their abilities and to protect them from discrimination as well as abuse. We should all have Health and Safety policies in the work place. Health and safety plays a huge part in child protection. The policy is in place to ensure the children and staff are in a safe environment by being aware of health and safety issues, and to minimise risks and hazards,...
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