Tda 2.2 Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Youn People

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TD2.2 Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people

1.1 legislation, guidelines and policies place duty on all those working in schools to ensure health, safety and security of children in their care. The current legislation for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people starts with all agencies working together. The UN convention on the rights of the child (1989) has set out the rights and freedoms of all children in a set of 54 articles included in those rights are those which ensure that children are safe and looked after. Those countries which signed up to the treaty in 1991 are legally bound to implement legislation which supports each article. The articles include: All children have the right to protection from abuse

All children have the right not to be tortured
The children act 1989 sets out in detail what local authorities and the courts should do to protect the welfare of children. The children’s act has some main principles that underpin it: The welfare of the child is paramount

Parental responsibility
Court orders must be made to remove only if the first principle is not being upheld No delay principles- if children’s cases are to go to court it must happen asap in order to protect children The children’s act 2004 has been built on the principles of the children act 1989 it ensures: The wishes of the children to be taken into account

A closer relationship between agencies to share information better A children’s commissioner for England’s local safeguarding children’s boards A duty on local authorities to ensure the educational achievement of looked after children. The human rights act details the basic human rights of people in society: Everyone has the right to life

To an education
The right to an opinion
This act helps to keep everyone fair and equal.
Every child matters was the result of Victoria climbe her death highlighted the need for better protection of children: Being healthy
Staying safe
Enjoying and achieving
Making a positive contribution
Economic wellbeing

1.2 There are different agencies involved in the welfare of children and young people. The children’s social care role is to carry out an assessment of children who are thought to be at risk to find out about for example the Childs needs,

the ability of parents to meet the Childs needs,
Family and environmental issues to liaise with other agencies and gather information about the child also to meet and contact interviews with the child and family members. To take action when a child is in immediate danger and to take the lead in the child protection conference. The police work closely with children’s social care to protect children from harm their role is in making a decision on whether a crime has been committed, if needs be begin a criminal investigation . Taking emergency action if children are in imediate danger, this may inlvoed removing the perpertrator or child. The health professional’s role is to carry out a medical examination, observations of a child though to be at risk of abuse, contribute to children’s social care reports and give evidence in court. The nspcc is a charitable organisation and is the only charity which has the statutory power, alongside the police and children’s social services to take action when children are at risk of abuse their role is to support families and children’s they also provide a helpline for children in danger or distress and a helpline for anyone worried about a Childs welfare. They work to influence the law and social policy to protect children better; they also share their expertise with other professionals. The schools role in safeguarding children is to do:

Crb checks (criminals records bureau
Schools need to audit their practice so that they can meet there responsibility’s A child protection policy, reviewed annually, referred to in prospectus, conforms to la/lscb guidance Ro bust safe recruitment and allegation procedures

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