M1- Discuss how policies and procedures help children, young people and their families whilst the child is being looked after. M3- Assess strategies and methods used to minimise the harm to children, young people and their families where abuse is confirmed. D2- Justify responses where child maltreatment or abuse is suspected or confirmed, referring to current legislation and policies M1-
The first policy is security of records/confidentiality this helps keep children and young people safe as if a child had been taken out of their home for their safety and moved out of the area to a new foster family or children’s home then this information should be hidden from their family so there is no way that they would be able to snatch the child back. Confidentiality is paramount and keeping information of children who are in danger safe from just anyone looking at it is very important, as if this information got out people in the public they then may take it upon themselves to give the parents of the child a hard time and attack them physically. This would then cause more distress to the child and could worsen the situation. All records should be safely and securely stored and should only be accessible to those people who need to see it for a professional reason and not just because they wonder what’s going on. The next policy is Whistleblowing; this policy is put in place so that if any type of inappropriate behaviour is witnessed by a member of staff they must report it so an investigation can take place. The person who has made the allegation will be kept protected but may also require an interview from the police, and other agencies that may need to become involved. This policy will protect children; this is because as soon as a member of staff acts inappropriately towards a child a full investigation can take place, so no further harm will be done to the child. Reporting arrangements is also a policy; it states the procedures that should be followed when reporting...
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