Safeguarding of Children and Young People

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3.3.1 Explain all current Legislations, guidelines, policies and procedures that are in place for safeguarding children and young people. ./3.3.11 Explain the policies and procedures relevant to your organisation that are in place to protect children, young people and the staff who work with them. We currently have in place at the moment; Safeguarding Procedures and Safeguarding Benchmarking, protection of Children, Vulnerable Adults and Safeguarding Procedures, risk assessments, Missing Learners Policy, Health and Safety Policy For Lone Working, Guidelines for Learners going out unsupported, Anti Bullying Procedures and Access to college premises by people outside the college. These are all in place to ensure that the Children and young people we work with are safe. It is important that all staff follow the policies and procedures in place because we work with vulnerable young people who may not realise when they are putting themselves or others in danger. 3.3.3 Explain the ways in which national and local guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding affect day-to-day work with children and young people. / 3.3.6 Explain the importance of safeguarding children and young people. Child Protection, in my work place we have policies and procedures for safeguarding that state that all employees should have valid CRB checks, to ensure that we are suitability to work with children and young people. It also states that all children or young person, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse and that all suspicions and allegations of abuse and/or poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately. All staff have a responsibility to report concerns to the child protection officer. Risk assessment are an important factor in safeguarding children and in my day to day work, before I carry out any activity with children and young people I am required through our policies and procedures to carry out a risk assessment, first toensure that everyone is safe, for example, If I was to arrange a trip to the local park I would need to risk asses each individual service user to ensure that they will not be put in any unnecessary danger. The safeguarding policies are in place to ensure the protection of the children and young people in our care. This affects my day to day work as I must be aware of the child protection procedures at all times, such as how to spot the signs of abuse, how and who to report my concerns to, how to maintain a safe environment, be aware of the health and safety of children and young people and to be able to undertake any training required of me, for example foundations of growth. 3.3.4 Give 2 examples of serious case reviews and explain how the outcomehas influenced policies and procedures. The Case of Baby P - Peter Connelly died in August 2007 at home in north London, after months of abuse. Details of his case reveal the incompetence of social workers, doctors, lawyers and police. The 17-month-old baby had suffered more than 50 injuries, and had been visited over 60 times by the authorities in the 8 months before his death. The report said: "In this case, the practice of the majority, both individually and collectively... was incompetent. Their approach was completely inadequate and did not meet the challenge of the case". The report also said that his "horrifying death could and should have been prevented" and if the correct approach had been taken, the situation would have been "stopped in its tracks at the first serious incident". It criticised Peter's GP for not raising concerns when he found bruises on the child's head and chest after apparently falling down stairs. It chastised police for not investigating suspicious injuries and it said the school, attended by Peter's siblings, had not mentioned the difficulties staff had encountered with the mother. Neither...
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