Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people is a high priority in the workplace, and certain actions and procedures must be followed to ensure the safety of all children, both inside and outside of school.
There are several different areas that must be addressed when considering safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, both within the school environment and the home environment.
TDA 2.2 – 1.1. – Current Legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures
The first, and most fundamental, piece of legislation regarding the welfare of children and young people is the Children Act 1989. This Act was primarily introduced to give boundaries and help to local authorities, and other services, to better regulate intervention in the interest of children and young people. The ultimate aim of the Act was to make the UK safer for all children under the age of 18. The Act was created based upon the strong belief that children are safer and best cared for within the family unit, and in particular, introduced the notion of parental responsibility. Another piece of legislation introduced to help safeguard the welfare of children and young people was the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which was signed by the UK on 19th April 1990. It is an international human rights treaty that essentially grants all children and young people under the age of 17 a comprehensive set of over 40 rights. These include, but are not limited to: special protection measures and assistance, access to services such as education and healthcare, and to grow up in an environment of happiness, love and understanding. In relation to the school environment, conducting background CRB checks on any new members of staff ensures the welfare of children and young people. This check assesses an applicant’s suitability to work within a school, by providing employers with information such as convictions, warnings and cautions.
TDA 2.2 – 1.2 – Roles of different agencies
There are several different agencies involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. These include the social services, the school and the police to name but a few. The social services have several different roles. One fundamental role is to respond to children and families in need of help. Social workers are to undertake enquiries following allegations or suspicions of abuse, and carry out assessments as part of the Assessments Framework. They are also responsible for coordinating the implementation of the child protection plan for children on the child protection register, amongst other things. It is the role of schools to have arrangements for carrying out their functions with a view to safeguarding & promoting the welfare of children is under sections 175 & 157 of the Education Act 2002. Education staff have a crucial role to play in helping identify welfare concerns and indicators of possible abuse or neglect at an early stage. The school should have a child protection policy and procedures in place that are in accordance with local authority guidance and locally agreed inter-agency procedures, and the policy is made available to parents on request. Schools should also operate safe recruitment procedures and make sure that all appropriate checks are carried out on staff and volunteers who work with children. Finally the school should have procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff and volunteers that comply with guidance from the local authority and locally agreed inter-agency procedures. The role of the police in the protection of children and young people is also wide ranged. The priorities of the police in relation to this are numerous. They aim to protect the lives of children and ensure that in the policing of child abuse, the welfare of the child is paramount. They aim to investigate all reports of child abuse and...