Understand How to Safeguard the Well Being of Children and Young People

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Unit 333
Understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people. Outcome 1

“Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from abuse. It protecting children from maltreatment, preventing the impairment of children’s health or development, ensuring that children’s health or development, ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances that provide safe and effective car and helping children to have the best life chances so that they can enter adult hood successfully.” I also believe that safeguarding is a way to protect yourself from situations that may put you at risk. The children’s Act 1989 was introduced to make comprehensive changes to legislation in England and Wales regarding the welfare and safeguarding of children. It provided a framework for the care of children and is a key piece of legislation relevant to child protection in England and wales. This act established some key principles: -The welfare of the child must be paramount at any work and family. -Children are not a possession of their parents. Parents have the responsibilities for their children, not absolute rights. -Professionals are expected to work together and in a co-operative way with parents.

Impact of every child Matters (ECM) guidelines on the Children Act 2004. ECM came about as a result of the Laming report following the death of Victoria Climbie, some of the main recommendations being: -Closer working relationships between all agencies involved with children. -Establish a central database of all children’s records identifying if they are known to different services. -Establishment of an independent children’s commissioners to protect children and young people’s rights. -Ofsted to develop a framework to monitor children’s services.

The children Act 2004 require that recommendations form the lambing report became legal requirements. The act has been produced in the light of this...
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