Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People

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Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety

Children Act 1989
This Act identifies the responsibilities of parents and professionals who must work to ensure the safety of the child. This Act includes two important sections which focus specifically on child protection.

The Education Act 2002

This sets out the responsibilities of Local Education Authorities (LEAs) governing bodies, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure that children are safe and free from harm.

Children Act 2004

This provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters. It includes the requirement for:

A shared database of information which is relevant to the safety and welfare of children Earlier support for parents who are experiencing problems
A ‘common’ assessment of children’s needs
Services to work more closely, forming an integrated service

Policies which safeguard

Settings must develop a range of policies which ensure the safety, security and well-being of their pupils. These will set out the responsibilities of staff and the procedures that they must follow. Policies may be separate or incorporated into one health and safety policy, but they must include sections which cover the following issues of:

Safeguarding and protecting, and procedures for reporting
Bullying, including cyber-bullying

The Department for Education provides guidance for local authorities they use this guidance to develop their own policy and procedures which must be followed. Two of these are listed below.

Working Together to Safeguard Children
This is guidance which sets out the duties of organisations and how they must work together to safeguard children and young people.

What to do if you’re worried that a child is being abused This is guidance to help those working with children safeguard and promote their welfare. It also looks at the actions...
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