Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

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Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people

Understand the importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people

1. Explain the importance of safeguarding children and young people

All practitioners have a duty to ensure the safety of children in their care. Children (in most cases) are unable to tell anyone if they are being abused, either out of fear, shame or because they are too young. Some children may even not realise that what is happening to them is wrong or any different to what happens to everyone else. Three quarters of sexually abused children under the age of 16 do not tell anybody what was happening to them at the time and a third still had not told anyone by the time they reached adulthood. It is up to adults to recognise and report any suspected cases of abuse or neglect as early as possible. The number or children on child protection registers in England has been steadily increasing over the years, however much work is still needed. The following statistics were recorded by the NSPCC in 2012: - Around 50,500 children are known to be at risk of abuse right now - A quarter of adults were severely maltreated during childhood

2.Explain the importance of a child or young person centred approach

The United Nations Right of the Child makes it clear that children and young people have the right to have their opinions listened to. Every Child Matters also states that the individual needs of the child must be met. It is important that children and young people have a say in important or even everyday decisions referring to them for the sake of their education and self esteem. A child centred approach means giving children a choice in what activities they participate in and when they are to participate. This is to give them more motivation to learn as they are not being pressured and also ensures that curriculum in schools and settings are tailored to the needs of the child and not the other way around. As the child/children will have access to all activities it is also a way of both identifying the child’s interests and strengthening them whilst they are being supported in activities that are less interesting to them. Knowing their interests is central for supporting the child’s learning, especially when activities are being planned as the activity can be adapted to suit their interests. Giving children a choice helps to develop their self esteem, and thus help their emotional and social development as they will have the confidence to form relationships. It also allows children to learn at their own level, supporting inclusion policies (especially in the case of disabilities and special needs or support). A child centred approach allows schools / settings to offer learning opportunities that suit the needs of the child rather than restricting them through having the schools dictate what should learn and at what pace.

3. Explain what is meant by partnership working in the context of safeguarding

It is important that all carers / professionals that work with children share their knowledge to provide the best care possible. Within settings communication is vital to preventing any harm befalling the child. Some practitioners may notice things about the child others do not which may pinpoint to a potentially serious problem regarding the child’s safety or well-being. Without passing this information on to an appropriate co-worker or the parents the child’s safety is at risk.

Over the years it was noticed that poor communication and teamwork was, in many cases, the root cause of failure to safeguard. Important information and concerns regarding the child (as noticed by professionals) had failed to be mentioned to suitable co-workers / the child’s carers / parents. This meant that the appropriate action was not taken regarding the concerns and so cases of harm / abuse / neglect failed to be prevented. A government...
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