Policies Affecting the Safeguarding of Children and Young People

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1.1Outline current legislations, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK HOME NATION affecting the safeguarding of children and young people.

Policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people are: The child care act 2006 is the first piece of legislation that is primarily concerned with early years and childcare and introduces the early years foundation stage (EYFS) which supports settings in delivering high quality early education. The United Nations convention on the rights of the child 1989: which ensure that children are safe and looked after. Children and young people have the right to be protected from all forms of physical and mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect, maltreatment or exploitation including sexual abuse by those looking after them. Children Act 1989: Parents and professionals must work together to ensure the safety of the child. Local authority has a duty to investigate when there is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. The Education Act 2002: This sets out the responsibilities of local education authorities (LEAs) governing bodies, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure that children and young people are safe and free from harm. Children Act 2004: This provides the legal framework for every child matters. It includes the requirement for services to work closely forming an integrated service. Working together to safeguard children 2006: This sets out the duties of organisations how they must work together to safeguard children and young people.
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