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Task 8 Safeguarding

I
have a duty of care towards
the
 children attending and
this
 duty
brings
 with
it the responsibility
to
 ensure
that
 all
efforts
 are
made
 to
safeguard
 children
from
 suspected
and
actual
harm. Children 
attending
 my home
have
 a
 right
 to
feel
 safe
and I in partnership
with 
parents/carers, have a responsibility
to
 act
on
 any
concerns
 they
 may
 have
regarding
a
 child’s welfare
 and
 wellbeing. I also am required to be alert on any issues for concern in a child’s home life or elsewhere. It is my responsibility to liaise with local statutory children services agencies the LSCB and inform ofsted of any allegations. I also must have regard to the governments statutory guidance “working together to safeguard children”. 


A
person
 may
 abuse
or 
neglect 
a
 child
 by 
inflicting
 harm, 
or 
by
 failing
 to
 act
 to 
prevent
harm.
I recognize 
that
 child
abuse
 can
 and
 does
 happen in
 all
 types 
of 
families.
The
different
social
 and
 cultural
 backgrounds
 of 
the children
 do
not
 constitute
barriers
 to
child
abuse
and
 in
most
cases
 children
 are
 abused 
by
 individuals
 known
 to
 them,
rather
 than
strangers. Child abuse
 can
 take
 many
formats, 
but 
all
 instances
can
 be 
broadly
categorized
under
 one
of
f our
headings:

Neglect
Physical
abuse
Sexual
abuse

Emotional
abuse.


Neglect
–
is
 the
persistent
 failure
 to
 meet
 basic
 physical
 and
 psychological
 needs, 
which
may
 result
in
 the
 serious
impairment
 of 
the
 child’s
 health
 and
 development.
For
example: poor
hygiene,
untreated
 medical 
problems, emaciation
 or
under
 nourishment.

I may
notice
behavioral
 signs
such 
as
 a
child
 who
always
 seems
to
 be
hungry,
is
constantly
tired
 or
 talks
 of
 being
 left 
alone.


Procedure: 


*The
concern
should
be
discussed
with
the
parent/carer.
 *Such
discussions
will
be
recorded
and
the
parent/carer
will
have
access
to
such
record...
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