Safeguarding: Abuse and Child

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Chloe Smith

CYP Core 3.3 - Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people.

1.1 - Outline current legislations, guidelines, policies and procedures within UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people.

In England the current main legislations and guidelines are:

Children’s Act 1989

Children’s Act 2004

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2008

Protection of Children Act 1999

Working together to safeguard Children 2010

Police Act 1997

Children’s Act 1989

This act was brought in to simplify existing laws protecting children and young people in the uk. This law gives children and young people equal rights and makes sure their feelings are paramount. It also made sure that the local authorities have a duty to provide a service for children in need and their families.

Children’s Act 2004

The children act 2004 was brought into place by Lord Laming following the death of Victoria Climbie. The children’s act 2004 amends the children’s act 1989. It makes sure that local services such as the police, social services, education services, the nhs and other agencies all work together to protect vulnerable children.

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

This legislation means that all children have the right to be heard and make their own choices. It also states that they have the basic right to learn and develop into adults without harm.

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2008

EYFS is followed by settings to safeguard children and ensure the adults that are in contact the children are safe and capable. Under the Child Protection Act all workers must be CRB checked and all settings must have policies and procedures they follow.

Protection of Children Act 1999
This legislations to ensure there is a system in place that keeps a list of individuals identified as unsuitable for working with children and young people are not offered employment by settings.

Safeguarding Children’s Policy

This has a policy that states how we work with children, parents and the community to ensure the safety of children. To promote the children’s rights we have to give the child a safe environment that encourages the child to develop skills they will need to use for their adult life.

Working with parents to build their understanding of their expectations to alongside the setting help the child. In my setting I would liaise with LSCB, Ofsted and NSPCC.

1.2 - Explain Child Protection within the wider concept of safeguarding children and young people.

As part of my role as a practioner I have a duty of care to safeguard the children this means -

Protecting children from maltreatment

Preventing impairment of children’s health or development

Ensuring that children feel safe and secure

Providing support that helps children to develop their full potential.

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. Effective child protection is essential as part of a wider work to promote welfare and safeguard children.

1.3 - Analyse how national and local guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding affect day to day work with children and young people.

As a practioner I have to ensure that I keep all children and young people safe in my setting. I will show this in my observation.

1.4 - Explain when and why inquiries and serious case reviews are required and how the sharing of findings informs practice.

Serious case reviews have to be carried out when a child dies ( incuding suspected suicide ) or there has To be a reported case of serious harm to a child . Serious harm to a child includes neglect and abuse. If this happens an inquiry has to be carried out to see if the system failed and if so how it could have been prevented. All cases have...
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