The focus of this report is to demonstrate how multi-agency teams show best practices in safeguarding children’s rights. This report will look at the history of safeguarding and how safeguarding incidents have changed government legislation. This report will include how safeguarding policy contributes to the development of children in the Early Years and will reflect on how the multi-agency team promotes best practice. In addition this report will look at the meaning of safeguarding, looking at the signs/symptoms and types of abuse. Research into this report will look at the barriers multi-agency teams and practitioners are faced with when safeguarding children, including the Common Assessment Framework (CAF). In conclusion this report will outline recommendations to improve best practice.
1. What is safeguarding?
“The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully” www.safeguarding children.org.uk 25/01/20012
Every child has the possibility of being hurt, abused, or put at risk of harm regardless of their gender, age, religion or ethnicity. Safeguarding includes prevention and the welfare of children with all agencies working together with children and their families, and to ensure all legislation, policies and procedures are put in place to deal with any concerns regarding children’s welfare. Children have rights to be protected from abuse, neglect and should be able to develop holistically to their full potential. Since December 1991 when the UK government endorsed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) every child from birth to the age of 18 has rights. From...