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Understanding safeguarding of children and young people
For those working in the adult sector Unit 516

Understand safeguarding of children and young people (for those working in the adult sector) 1 Understand the Policies, Procedures and Practices for safe working with children and young adults Firstly before any legislation that a child is assessed under, an assessment has to be carried out to ascertain the following: * Gathering of information about a child and the family

* Analysing the child’s and families need’s and the level of risk or harm the child may be suffering * To decide if the child is in need ( Section 17(1) of the Children Act 1989 states that it shall be the general duty of every local authority: (a) to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are in need; and (b) so 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 appropriate to those children’s needs * Or is likely to suffer significant harm (Section 47(1) of the Children Act 1989 states that: Where a local authority: (a) are informed that a child who lives, or is found, in their area (i) is the subject of an emergency protection order, or (ii) is in police protection; and (b) 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: * Finally to provide support to address the needs of the child to ensure safe outcomes The Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 sets out new guidelines which all of the following must adhere to: * Local authority Chief Executives and Directors of Children’s Services * Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB)

* senior managers within organisations who commission and provide services for children and families, including social workers and professionals from health services, adult...