Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
1. The Children Act 1989 - 2004 is the most relevant legislation for safeguarding children and young people’s welfare. It was first made to give boundaries and support for local authorities for the welfare of children. The act then also made changes to the law that are regulated for children and their safety if they are in foster homes, adoption agencies, babysitting services and also handling childcare crimes and crimes against children. The children act’s main purpose is to ensure that the UK is a safer for children and young people and improve their wellbeing. It provides support and help to children of all ages, and backgrounds, and if they have a disability.
2. Confidentiality policy and the Health and Safety policy are two of the policies which relate to safeguarding the welfare of children. Confidentiality policy protects a child’s personal information and their general safety, as well as the child’s parents information and any other member of the family who may be collecting or dropping off the child. Every nursery are very respectful and ensure that the confidentiality policy is put in place properly. The ways that the nursery protects confidentiality are: - Parents or carers will have access to their child’s files and records, not any other child. - Staff will not discuss individual children with anyone other than their parent/carer - information given to staff from parents about their child will not be passed on to third parties. - Personal issues will be kept confidential to the people involved. - Any evidence relating to a child's personal safety will be kept in a confidential file and will not be shared within the nursery except for the child's key worker and Manager. - The nursery will follow all the procedures and requirements of the Data Protection Act. The Health and Safety policy protects children as well as the staff from any accidents or issues that may occur within the work setting. Every nursery will have access to the health and safety policy for parents and staff to read. Ways that nurseries promote health and safety are by regular checks of toys and equipment that may cause accidents or are broken. Regular checks of the nursery to ensure that no wires are broken or visable for children to get hold of, as well as making sure that things like child locks on cupboards are still working. Staff will be encouraged to take part in first aid training incase any incident should happen, there will always be someone who is first aid qualified in the building. There are procedures set out and followed for in the event of an accident, fire or anything which could possibly happen. It is so important that staff know the health and safety policies and the procedures to follow to ensure full safety of the children and themselves.
3. OFSTED - OFSTED is the office for standards in Education, Children’s services and skills. They inspect nurseries and other services that care for children and young people to ensure that it is a safe and secure place for children. Every week they carry out hundreds of inspections in the UK. Their aim to achieve is to promote improvement and help childcare workers provide excellent service so that they children, parents and staff benefit from this. They are what makes a nursery successful or not, parents tend to apply to the nursery based on their OFSTED report so it is so important nursery’s set an excellent example.
NSPCC - The NSPCC is an organisation which aims to make a difference for children and put a stop to all cruelty towards children. They work in ways which provide the most suitable support for the child, they also have limited resources and only a small percentage of the government actually budget for children so they have to draw out their main priorities such as supporting the children who are most at risk, and focus on the areas which can ensure the biggest change. Due to the...