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TDA 2.2SAFEGUARDING THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Assessment Criteria 1.1Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety.

School Child Protection Policy
A sample policy is included in the “Policies” section of this student’s binder; it is called “XYZ SCHOOL CHILD PROTECTION POLICY”. At the end of it other of the school’s policies are cited which can also be referenced. Further, within this policy, documents such as “Children Act 1989” and “Working Together” are referred to. The policy states, “[t]he procedures have been developed in co-operation with the North Yorkshire Area Child Protection Committee (NYACPAC) and the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).”

I was not able to locate my local school’s “E-Safety Policy”, however I did locate a “School E-Safety Policy Template” by the Southwest Grid for Learning Trust, which is to work in conjunction with other school policies like the Anti-Bullying Policy, and which covers items such as those in the following lists. It embraces the use of ICT as learning changes with technological advancements but works for best practices to ensure safety. Policy Statements

Education – Students / Pupils
Education – Parents / Carers
Education – Extended Schools
Education and training – Staff
Training – Governors
Technical – infrastructure / equipment, filtering and monitoring • Curriculum
Use of digital and video images
Data protection
Communications
Unsuitable / inappropriate activities
Responding to incidents of misuse

Appendices:

Student / Pupil Acceptable Use Policy Agreement Template • Staff and Volunteers Acceptable Use Policy Agreement Template • Parents / Carers Acceptable Use Policy Agreement Template • School Filtering Policy template

School Password Security Policy template
School Personal Data Policy template
School E-Safety Charter
Ideas for schools to consider[i]

Current Legislation
According to the NSPCC, “There is no single piece of legislation that covers child protection in the UK, but rather a myriad of laws and guidance that are continually being amended, updated and revoked. Laws are amended by new legislation passed by Westminster, the Welsh Assembly Government, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Scottish Parliament. This is known as statutory law, but laws also have to be interpreted by the courts. The way in which courts interpret laws is known as case law, and this can also have the effect of amending statutory law.” Some of the pertinent pieces of legislation are as follows. The material is quoted from an NSPCC factsheet called “An introduction to child protection legislation in the UK” unless otherwise cited.[ii]

The Children Act 1989
The current child protection system is based on the Children Act 1989, which was introduced in an effort to reform and clarify the existing plethora of laws affecting children. [I]t enshrined a number of principles. The paramountcy principle means that a child’s welfare is paramount when making any decisions about a child’s upbringing. The court must also ascertain the wishes and feelings of the child and shall not make an Order unless this is “better for the child than making no Order at all” (section 1). Every effort should be made to preserve the child’s home and family links. It introduced the concept of parental responsibility which is defined as “the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property” (section 3). The Children Act 1989 … charges local authorities with the “duty to investigate … if they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child who lives, or is found, in their area is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm” (section 47). Local authorities are also charged with a duty to provide “services for children in need, their...
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