Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People: Legislation and Prevention Measures

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Task 1
Identifying the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people Children Act 1989
They provide support from local authorities, especially for families whose children are in need. They have a duty to look into cases where they think a child may be suffering from some sort of abuse and protect them from any harm. They also must put the child first and make sure they are safe and make sure there in the best care for them.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention. This applies to all children no matter what gender, ethnicity or religion’s etc. It’s a government run policy that lets all children have rights to a healthy, well-educated and happy safe life.

The Education Act 2002
This is the responsibility of the head teacher and governing body to make sure the school is doing everything to make the children safe and free from any harm.

Children Act 2004
The Children Act 2004 set out the national framework for delivering children’s services, and identified the Every Child Matters five outcomes for children and young people, which all professionals must work towards. The Government's aim is for every child, whatever their background or their circumstances, to have the support they need to: * Be healthy

* Stay safe
* Enjoy and achieve
* Make a positive contribution
* Achieve economic well-being

Policies and procedures
Schools must develop a range of policies which ensure the safety, security and well-being of their pupils: * A policy that sets out the responsibility to protect children * safeguarding training

* CRB checks
* Check that the policy will work in the setting

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2006)
This is followed on from the children act 2004 it’s where all agencies and services work together to minimise risks so they can safeguard children.

What to do if you’re worried that a child is being abused (2006) This is guidance to help those working with children safeguard and promote their welfare. It also looks at the actions which all adults working with children should take if they are concerned.

Describe the roles of different agencies involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.

Social services: The social services departments are often the best to finding successful solutions to dilemmas about care. They play a lead role in assessing the need for services and will both provide and fund care services under some circumstances. They can also take action when a child is believed to be in immediate danger.

ISA: Introduced a controversial selection and barring scheme, which requires people that work with children and venerable adults to be registered with the ISA, which came into force in July 2010, but is halted by the government at the moment.

Police: The police work with social service so they can protect children from harm. The have the right to arrest anyone if the believe that they are abusing a child and investigate it further along with other services. They also have the right to remove a child if they are in danger. Then go to court to give evidence when someone has abused or harmed a child.

Health professionals: This is Doctors, nurses, midwives and health visitors. Doctors in A and E may see a child with injuries which they may expect to be non-accidental. They have a duty to tell social services if they suspect that a child was harmed intentionally. They might also do more tests to back up that it may be abuse. NSPCC: Work to safeguard children from harm. The have support from people donating and can also give services for children that already are a victim of child abuse, the NSPCC has the legal power along with the police and social services, to take action when children are at risk of any type of abuse and remove them from the situation....
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