Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People

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Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
TDA 2.2 Task 1
* Identifying the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, including e- safety * Describing the roles of different agencies involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people * Identifying the characteristics of different types of child abuse * Describing the risks and possible consequences for children and young people using the internet, mobile phones and other technologies * Describing the actions to take in response to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused, harmed (including self- harm) or bullied, or may be at risk of harm, abuse or bullying * Describing the actions to take in response to concerns that a colleague may be; Failing to comply with safeguarding procedures harming, abusing or bullying a child or young person * Describing the principles and boundaries of confidentiality, and when to share information.

The internet has become part of our everyday lives and is now easier to access then ever before. Use of the internet can also have risks. Young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers. Dangers include;

* Viewing materials and unsuitable content e.g hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour * Giving out personal information
* Arranging to meet an online ‘friend’
* Becoming involved in, or the victim of bullying, identity theft, or even making and sending indecent or illegal images * Spending too much time online (internet addiction) which can effect concentration, sleep and health * Copying information from the internet or buying work from other people to use as their own. Protecting Children

It’s everybody’s job to help protect children from harm, whether it’s from bulling, domestic violence or online dangers. If a child is being bullied there is a phone helpline that offers free confidential help and advice to children and young people. Childline 0800 11 11 or they can be contacted via a message sent to their website. Bullying is identified by, what it is, who does it and why? There are many types of bulling. Parents can help their children if they are being bullied by first recognising whether it is happening with their child, then by contacting the school which is a vital next step. Notes should be kept, child should be assured they are getting help from home. Parents should work with the school, to help their child identify a ‘safe’ person that they can talk to. Help your child to cope, with their behaviour, verbal and by using cognitive techniques to boost their self -esteem and confidence. Know your child is receiving the support they need from home and in school, this will provide you with reassurance. You should work closely with the school to ensure that the problem is addressed and tackled, this is the best method of stopping bulling for good. Anyone can be a bully- being a bully is being cruel to someone else, it can take many forms, and any behaviour that is; * Harmful, carried out by an individual or group

* Repetitive, wilful or persistent
* Where there is an imbalance of power, leaving the person bullied feeling defenceless. Behaviour can include;
* Physical Violence
* Victimisation
* Social Exclusion
* Name calling
* Threats
* Cyber bullying
These behaviours will occur normally within a group of children, as a normal part of social development (competition rivalry). If one or more persistently target a child overtime, that child is being bullied. When a child is being bullied, parents may want the bully to be punished. Victims of bulling need help, support and protection, and will need to feel stronger and more confident about themselves (empowering). Bullies can be verbally abusive, emotionally, physically and by cyber...
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