Describe the roles of different agencies involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people;
*** Answer submitted on Apr 7 2013 4:55PM ***
Schools: Schools have the responsibility to develop childrens awareness and their knowledge of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable behaviour, including when using the internet. Support and protect children who are identified as being at greater risk or are on the at risk register and provide professional training of all staff relating to safeguarding. Have policies and securtiy systems for e-learning activities and use software filters. Observe signs of abuse, chages in childrens behaviour or failure to thrive and refer any concerns. Children spend a great amount of time in school with teachers and staff so it is essential staff are able to monitor, keep records, share appropriate information with other agencies and just be aware of any unexplained changes in the child. Childrens Social Care: Childrens social care has a key role to play in the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are in need. To do this they must work in partnership with parents and other agencies. When a risk or concern has been rasied Childrens Social Care has a particular responsibility to decide on the course of action to take. They will carry out initial assessments of children who are thought to be at risk, meet and conduct interviews with the child and family members, liaise with and gather information about the child from other agencies. They will take the lead during Child Protection Conferences and will take the necessary action when a child is thought to be in immediate danger. Police: The police work closely with childrens social care to protect children from harm. They provide regular updates and have a Child Abuse Investigations Unit that has access to databases that quickly check information on particular individuals and gather evidence. Health Services: These include the school nurse,...
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