Local Government and Local Safeguarding Board

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CRB Criminal Records Bureau

CAF Common Assessment Framework

DCSF Department for Children, Schools and Families

DFES the Department for Education and Skills

ECM Every Child Matters

ISA Independent Safeguarding Authority


In this assignment I will underpin how the multi agency team can help safeguarding children’s rights linking in to practise, with past, present and future legislation including policies and procedures which have protected children and families and also safeguarding incidents that have changed our practice. The assignment will discuss safeguarding across the board from settings, local and national policies and procedures, what they are and how they impact on staff and the setting.

Some of the policies and procedures that will be discussed are safeguarding, whistle blowing, and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). While some of the legislation that will be discussed is the Children Act 1989 and the current Children Act 2004 the changes that have been implemented, also the Bichard inquiry leading to new procedure of vetting staff and the barring procedures. Looking at the pro’s and con’s of the systems.

Looking at best practice and what promotes and influences multi agency working in Early Years, looking in to the theory behind multi agency working and integrated services. As the children’s welfare is paramount the assignment will discuss other issues such as health and safety, equality, diversity and how we work as part of a multi-agency team.

The definition for safeguarding is to keep children safe from harm this is supported in MacLeod-Brudenell (2008 pg 393) “safeguarding can be defined as `keeping children safe from harm, such as illness, abuse or injury`” this was cited by the Children’s director 2004.

Safeguarding policy to professional practice

There is a range of policies procedures and legislation linked to safeguarding and to the professional practice. The main legislation is the Children Act 1989 which was reformed to protect children and view their rights. This is a lawful document which was brought in with the changes to respect the children’s homes, community, voluntary homes and voluntary organisations that make provisions to fostering, child minding and day care for young children and adoption; and for connected purposes. The Children Act 1989 was amended in 2004 with significant changes to the legislation such as the Parental responsibility under the section 4 of the Children Act 1989 the changes gave fathers responsibility if they are registered on the birth certificate. Cited in MacLeod-Brudenell (2008 pg 377) “The Children Act is the first ever piece of legislation that specifically covers the Early Years”

The policy that links with the Children Act 1989 and 2004, linking this nationally is the Every Child Matters 2004 whereas locally is the safe guarding board and also the settings safeguarding policy. Which links with the government document of Working together this is a legislate document that sets out how organizations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people this is within the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004.

Other legislations are the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 which works alongside the Vetting and Barring scheme. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which came in to force in 1991, this document required the government to report to the United Nations committee on the rights of the Child. This is supported in the Reynaert et al (2009) this informs practitioners how they construct the rights of the children.

The local safeguarding board policy and procedure is a large document which is for all agency’s that work with children and their families. The document gives a wide view across all inter agencies underpinning the procedures within the five outcomes...
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