Identify the Current Legislation, Guidelines, Policies and Procedures for Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People.

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Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.

These are as follows:
Children’s act 1098/2004
Education act 2002
E-safety 2008
Human rights act.
And many more.
The following is an outline of current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within the UK Home Nation for Safeguarding Children. The United Nations Convention on the rights of a child 1989 was approved by the UK on the 16th December 1991, this includes: •Children’s rights to protection from abuse.

The rights to express their views and to be listened too. •The right to care
Services for disabled children
Services for children living away from home
This convention is used as guidelines and is not a part of UK law. There is no one set legislation that covers safeguarding children and young people in the UK. There are different laws and guidelines that cover different parts of the UK, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The following is a list of current legislation guidelines, policies and procedures for England. •Working together in safeguarding children 2010

These guidelines are for those working within:
Social services
The guidelines are relevant to those working closely with children and their families in statutory, independent and voluntary sectors. The document covers the following areas
A summary of the nature and impact of child abuse and neglect •How to operate best practise in child protection procedures. •The roles and responsibilities of different agencies and GP’s •The role of local safeguarding children’s boards

The processes to be followed when there are concerns about a child •The action to be taken to safeguard and promote the welfare of children experiencing, or at risk of significant harm. •The important principles to be followed when working with children and families. •Training requirements for effective child protection.

The Children’s Act 1989.
The department of health defines child abuse as the neglect of a child of harming or preventing harm. The act is important because it stresses the importance of putting the child first. The acts states:

What is best for the child must always be first consideration •Whenever possible children should be brought up in their own families •Unless the child is at risk of harm, a child should not be taken from their family without family’s agreement •Local authorities must help families with children in need •Local authorities must work with parents and children

Courts must put children first when making decisions
Children being looked after by the local authorities have rights, as do their parents.

Children’s act 2004
Lord lemmings report on the death of Victoria Climbie brought into force the children act 2004 which requires all local authorities across England and Wales to set up a local safeguarding children board. This states that each area should promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people. LSCB replaced the Area Child Protection Committees and stated all agencies should work together to protect children. An assessment is carried out annually to make sure all agencies are working to promote safeguarding and welfare of children. EVERY CHILD MATTERS. All adults wanting to work with children whether it is paid or voluntary must be checked, commonly known has having a criminal record check which is only done by criminals record bureau. The children’s act 2004 has only 5 outcomes for a child

Be healthy
To be safe
To enjoy and achieve through learning
Children to make positive contributions to society
Achieve economic well-being
E- Safety council
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