Write a report explaining the importance of ensuring children and young people's safety and protection in the work setting. Explain why it is important to ensure children and young people are protected from harm in the work setting. When parents leave their child in someone elses care they need to trust who is looking after them. This applies when the child is in an educational or care setting. Parents may be leaving their child for the first time, for example because they are returning to work after maternity/paternity leave, they may be starting school or this may be the first time a child with special needs has been offered respite care. To relieve the anxiety the parent or carer is feeling it is a good idea that they familiarise themselves with the setting by looking around, meeting the staff that will be working with their child which enables them to get to know them, discuss behaviour and address any concerns they may have. In some settings, such as nurseries and respite homes, parents and carers are offered and encouraged to have 'settling in' visits where the parent or carer stays with the child to introduce them to the setting. Parents or carers need to be confident that their child is safe, will be looked after well and will have support to develop.
Describe the policies and procedures that are in place to protect children and young people and the adults who work with them. Settings need to promote clear acceptable practices when working with children and young people. The policies and procedures are there to protect the children and young people and the staff working with them. Acceptable practices with regards to physical contact needs to be clearly established, and all staff should know what is acceptable and when. For example when a child has fallen over a cuddle may help them to feel better and settle them if upset so they can continue playing. Too much physical contact can be misunderstood and result in action being taken against the staff...
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