Health and safety policy
Healthy and safety at work act (1974)
Every child matters framework (covered on page 20)
Working together to safeguard children (2006 and 2010)
Children act (1989 and 2004)
Child protection policy
Children Act: The Children’s Act came in to force in 1989 and was drafted complement the Human Rights Act but be specific to children. The act puts into law the rights of children, in particular it makes it clear on the laws concerning looked after children and our duty of care to them. Section 11 of the Children Act 2004- promoting the welfare of children was published in August 2005. In a school setting we have a duty of care to all the children and must ensure that we comply with all the sections of the children act that are relevant to an educational setting. Working together to safeguard children (2006 and 2010): These guidelines are for those working within education, social services, police and health. The guidelines are relevant to those working closely with children and their families in statutory, independent and voluntary sectors. The document covers the following areas: A summary of the nature and impact of child abuse and neglect. How to operate best practice in child protection procedures. The roles and responsibilities of different agencies and practitioners. The role of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs).
The processes to be followed when there are concerns about a child. The action to be taken to safeguard and promote the welfare of children experiencing, or at risk of, significant harm. 1.2
There are many agencies that are involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people they have to work together to ensure children’s safety. Police – police work closely with children’s social care and all forces have a child abuse investigation unit. Their role is to investigate allegations and gather evidence. They attend court to give this evidence and they also take action if a child is in immediate danger. Social services – social services carry out assessments on children that a child may be at risk and decide what is best for the individual child before making a decision they have interviews with the child and family members. They gather relevant information/evidence from other agencies (schools, police). Health professionals – health professional (G.P, doctors, school nurse, health visitor) have a duty to alert social services if they feel that the child is hurt (not by accident),is a risk or is being neglected. They will carry out a medical examination and give evidence in court if a crime has been committed. Schools – schools teach awareness and what is and is not acceptable behaviour. They observe children throughout their school time and notify the appropriate authorities if changes happen or have any concerns. They monitor, keep records and share relevant information with appropriate agencies. 2.1
Most children will come across these common illnesses. You may be able to identify an illness before it is diagnosed. Symptoms to look for are when a child: looks pale, has lost appetite. Also a child can appear to be more tired than usual and is quite or irritable. The most common illnesses are: Chicken pox – itchy red spots with white in centre.
Tonsillitis – very sore throat, fever and enlarged tonsils covered in white spots Conjunctivitis – Red, sore eyes that itch and may be sticky. Diarrhoea/vomiting – Diarrhoea- stomach pains/ Vomiting – dehydration. Ringworm – ring like red rash
Measles – slight fever and red rash starting behind the ears. Meningitis – meningitis can be difficult to stop early on but can be life threatening. Symptoms are: fever, headache, a rash (dark red spots that do not disappear under pressure), a dislike of bright lights,...