Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety
Legislation| Guidelines, Policies and Procedures|
Children Act 1989| Identifies the roles and responsibilities of parents and professionals who must work to ensure the safety of the child. * Section 47 states that the Local Authority has a duty to investigate when ‘they have reasonable cause to suspect a child who lives or is found in their area is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm * Section 17 states that services must be out into place by local authorities to ‘safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are in need’| Education Act 2002| Sets out the responsibilities of LEA’s, governing bodies, head teachers and all those working within schools to ensure that children are safe and free from harm| Children Act 2004| Provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters. Includes the requirement for * Services to work more closely forming an integrated service * A common assessment framework to help the early identification of need * A shared database of information which is relevant to the safety and welfare of children * Earlier support for parents who are experiencing problems| Policies which safeguard| A range of policies that ensure the safety, security and well being of their pupils should be implemented. These should set out staff responsibilities and procedures that should be followed. It is acceptable for policies to be separate or incorporated into one health and safety policy but the following sections must be covered: * Safeguarding and protecting and procedure for reporting * E-safety * Bullying including cyber-bullying The DfE will provide guidance for Local Authorities including schools. Schools use this guidance to develop their own policies and procedures. | Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010)| Sets out the guidance of organisations and how they must work together to safeguard children and young people| What to do if you’re worried 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 that should be taken by the adults working with children if they are concerned|
Describe the roles of different agencies involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
Children’s Social care| * Work in partnership with parents and other agencies * Decide on the course of action to take if concern has been raised * Carry out initial assessment of children who are thought to be at risk i.e. the children’s needs, ability of parents to meet those needs and family and environmental factors * Liaise with and gather information about the child and their circumstance from other agencies * Take the lead during the Child Protection Conference * Take action when a child is thought to be in immediate danger| Police| * Work closely with children’s social care to protect children from harm * Make a decision on whether a crime has been committed and if so begin a criminal investigation * Gather evidence from children’s social care, other agencies and other thought to be involved * Take emergency action if the children are thought to be in danger – may involve removing either the child or the perpetrator * Attend court to give evidence when a crime has been committed | Health professionals| * May examine children with injuries they suspect may be non-accidental * Duty to alert children’s social care when abuse is suspected * Carry out a medical examination or observations of a child thought to be at risk of abuse or who has suffered abuse * Contribute to children’s social care reports * Give evidence in court if a crime has been committed| The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children...