There are legislation and policies in place to follow and help to ensure that every child is safe and they are listed below: •
THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD(1989) This appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child. Such protective measures should, as appropriate, include effective procedures for the establishment of social programmes to provide necessary support for the child and for those who have the care of the child, as well as for other forms of prevention and for identification, reporting, referral, investigation, treatment and follow-up of instances of child maltreatment described heretofore, and, as appropriate, for judicial involvement. •
CHILDREN ACT (1989)
The children Act (1989) reinforces the autonomy of families through definition of parental Responsibility, provides for support from local authorities, in particular for families whose children are in need; and legislates to protect children who may be suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm. The aim of this Act is to bring together private and public law in one framework; to achieve a better balance between protecting children and enabling parents to challenge state intervention, to encourage greater partnership between statutory authorities and parents, to promote the use of voluntary arrangements, to restructure the framework of the courts to facilitate management of family proceedings. A general duty is placed on local authorities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their area who are in need and (as far as is consistent with that duty) to promote the upbringing of such children by their families by providing a range and level of services...
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