Understanding Safeguarding of Children and Young People

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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 services, the police, Academy Trusts, education and the voluntary and community sector who have contact with children and families. The Working to Safeguard Children 2013 is to deliver a child centred approach and is supported by legislation provided by the Children Act 1989. The two key elements for effective safeguarding are * Safeguarding is every ones responsibility, for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part * A child centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of the child * This new document replaces the Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010, The Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families 2000 and Statutory Guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (2007).

Procedure for Referral
Flow chart 1:
CHILDS CASE IS REFERRED TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITY (LA) CHILDRENS SOCIAL CARE

CHILDS CASE IS REFERRED TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITY (LA) CHILDRENS SOCIAL CARE

Feedback to referrer on next course of action
Feedback to referrer on next course of action

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Social worker with their manager acknowledges receipt of referral and decides on next course of action Within one working day

Social worker with their manager acknowledges receipt of referral and decides on next course of action Within one working day

Provide help to child and family from universal and targeted services Provide help to child and family from universal and targeted services

Assessment required
Section 17 or Section 47 of the child Act 1989

Assessment required
Section 17 or Section 47 of the child Act 1989

No further LA children’s social care involvement at this stage other action maybe...
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