1.1. Identify current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. All children have the right to be kept safe and looked after. The United Nations Convention on the rights of a child (1989) is a treaty that sets out the rights and freedoms of all children in a set of 54 articles. Children’s Act 1989: Identifies the responsibilities of parents and professionals who must work to ensure the safety and welfare of the child/young person. Two important sections included in the act are: Section 47- the local authority has “a duty to investigate when there is reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer, significant harm.” Section 17 – services must be put into place to “safeguard and promote the welfare of children within the area who are in need.” The Education Act 2002: Sets out the responsibilities of L.E.A’s, governing bodies, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure that children are kept safe and free from harm. Children’s Act 2004: Provides the legal framework for EVERY CHILD MATTERS. Requirements include
- Services to work more closely, thus forming an integrated service.
- A common assessment of children’s needs.
- A shared database of information which is relevant to the safety of children/young people. - Earlier support for parents who are facing problems.
The Safeguarding Policy in my setting is laid out to ensure all staff in our school are clear about the actions necessary with regard to a child protection issue. It aims to: - Raise the awareness of all staff and identify responsibilities in reporting possible cases of abuse. - Ensure effective communication between all staff when dealing with child protection issues. - Lay down the correct procedures for those who encounter an issue of child protection. The policy lays out the correct procedure to follow if anybody suspects a child may be the victim of abuse. The policy names the appointed child protection officers in school, and outlines the procedures that will be taken. If I had any concerns about the safety or welfare of any child in my setting, I would go to any of the 3 child protection officers, and state my concerns. This would then be referred to the appropriate agency, who will then take action. The E-Safety policy highlights the need to educate children/young people about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
1.2: Describe the roles of different agencies involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. Schools: Each adult at school has a responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of all children. There must be a named member of staff to undertake responsibilities in regards to safeguarding children, and also for e-safety. Responsibilities include: - developing awareness so the child knows what is acceptable. - know, support and protect children who are known to be on the “at risk register.” - observe for signs that abuse may be happening.eg, changes in behaviour, and refer any concerns. - monitor, keep records and share appropriate information with other agencies. Children’s Social Care: Key role to safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of a child in need. If found that a child is at risk, social workers will: - carry out an initial assessment of child thought to be at risk. - meet and interview the child and family members.
- liaise with and gather information about the child and circumstances from other agencies involved. - take action when a child is thought to be in immediate danger. Police: Must work closely with children’s social care to protect children from harm. Each force has a child abuse investigation unit. Roles and responsibilities include:
-making decisions on whether a crime has been committed, and if so, beginning an...