Understanding How to Safeguard Children and Young People

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Cyp core 3.3: Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people

Task 1
There has been certain legislation in the United Kingdom along with home policies and procedures that affect the safeguarding of children and young people. Policies and procedures for safeguarding and child protection in England and Wales are the result of the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004 brought more changes that affected the way the child protection system works here in the United Kingdom and so affecting the safeguarding of children and young people. Through the protection policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people, settings which work with children and young people have an important role in the detection and prevention of abuse and neglect. All personnel working to safeguard children and young people must understand their responsibilities and duties fully as set out in current government legislation, regulations and guidance.

The Children Act 1989 made laws about the protection of children and young people more clear and simple to follow in the United Kingdom. This Act was a serious shake up of children’s rights and protection, and outlined the duties and responsibilities of those who worked with children, especially of those in events of allegations of child abuse.

The Children Act 2004 came into force for many reasons starting with the unfortunate case of Victoria Climbie, where she died at the hands of her carers. This death bought about the Laming report in 2003, which criticised the approach of protecting children in our society. The Act forced services for children to start working together along with other things like revised arrangements for sharing information and also creating the local safeguarding children’s boards (LSBC) which they use to review all child deaths in their area as required by the working together to safeguard children statutory guidance. The Children Act 2004 also revised the legislation...
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