CT229 - (A) Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
Know about the legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety
Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety
The current legislation for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people is the Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006 Act. This Act is applied in both England and Wales and authorised guidance on how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004.
Child protection policies and procedures
Settings must have the succeeding policies and procedures:
Health and safety
In each workplace there are child protection policy and procedures that set out the setting’s safe working practices. This term makes reference to how practitioners work to protect children and to protect themselves from accusations of abuse. The setting’s guidelines are based on the requirements of a person’s home country, and will be looked over yearly.
Top responsibilities of settings consist of:
Choosing a named senior member of staff to be in charge of safeguarding Making sure that all the adults that have frequent and unsupervised access to children is CRB checked and registered with the ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) Keeping a record of all the checks carried out on staff and volunteers Informing the ISA if they believe any person who has had involvement with a setting is a threat to the safety of children or young people Ensuring all staff and volunteers have regular safeguarding training Ensuring the minimum requirement for the ratio of staff to children is met In group settings, ensuring there are always at least two staff present – even if one child is late being picked up, two staff must be available Making sure there is always a qualified first-aider present
Carrying out risk assessments
Having missing child procedures in place
Keeping a registration document for each child or young person, with details of their full names, address and contact details of their parents and carers Taking out public liability insurance and employer’s liability insurance where applicable
These days, a large number of children and young people use computers and either have access to or own a mobile phone. Some may even use their game console to connect with others via internet. Technology has advanced a lot in years gone by and have had a positive effect on children and young people, however there are risk that come with being available online through gaming or mobile phone, such as: physical danger or contact with paedophiles
exposure to inappropriate material
divulging personal details either accidentally or purposefully illegal behaviour
Describe the roles of different agencies involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
There are several different agencies that have something to do with the safeguarding of children and young people. GP or hospital – Gp’s are usually the first call made by patients, and therefore are more likely to spot possible abuse when a child or young person is at their surgery for a check-up or examination. In emergency circumstances, a child or young person may actually be taken or may go to the accident and emergency unit at their local hospital. Hospitals always keep a record or patients’ visits, and if the same child or younger person is frequently seen with certain sorts of injuries, staff may identify possible abuse. Social Services – Social Services have a legal duty to care for weaker families. Furthermore, it is essential they respond appropriately to referrals...
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