Unit 3 – Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people Safeguarding is much more than just protecting children from abuse, it also includes; keeping children safe from accidents, crime and bullying, f0rced marriages, missing children and actively promoting their welfare in a healthy and safe environment. National and local guidelines, policies and procedures affect day-to-day work with children and young people because it is important that people working with them recognise if a child is at risk. Department for education – overall responsibility for safeguarding and child protection in England
Issue statutory and non-statutory guidance to local authorities
Local authorities – use guidance to produce procedures for services and practitioners
Services use as basis for their policies and procedures.
All childcare settings should have clear policies and procedures that cover all aspects of safeguarding such as health and safety, child protection, contact with children and performing personal care, outings and visitors to the setting. Risk assessments should be carried out to ensure that there are no risks or hazards that could bring harm or worse cause death to a child, in this serious case it would be called by the local safeguarding children’s board or if abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death other agencies will also be involved such as children’s services, police, health education and any other agencies needed. The lessons learnt from serious case reviews usually include the importance of; Sharing information and communication
Keeping an accurate timeline of events
Clear planning and roles
Overcoming the problems of hard to reach families
Good assessment of the child’s situation
Early recognition of children in need of protection by mainstream services such as schools or health services Partnership working with agencies that parents may be receiving services from – for example mental health services The processes used by my own work setting comply with legislations that cover data protection, information handling and sharing, by us using data only as needed, keeping it secure, making sure its accurate and keeping it up to date. Safeguarding children and young people is important because the number of children and young people suffering from abuse is far too high and reports of this are in the news too often. Also the importance of a child or young person centred approach comes in comparison with “every child matters” which aims to give all children all the support they need to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing. Partnership working is where different agencies work together to safeguard children, vulnerable children need help from health, education, children’s social care and the voluntary sector , the importance or partnership working runs through every aspect of safeguarding from government legislations to local working. Where a child has been abused or harmed there are many agencies which may be involved such as; health visitor, child health clinic, GP, hospital, child minder, nursery or school, after school club, leisure groups (football, swimming, cubs and brownies) social worker, police, family, friends, neighbours and the local community. The roles they play as well are; Social services – have statutory responsibilities to provide support to vulnerable children and families in need Police – are involved in the criminal proceedings
Health visitor – have the responsibility for the health of babies and young children under 5 Its important to ensure children and young people are protected from harm within the work setting because parents leave their children in your responsibility and expect them to be safe and failing to meet this is a gross breech of your professional values, there are policies and procedures in place which protect children and young people and also the adult who...
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