The united nations convention on the rights of the child 1989, which ensures that children are safe and looked after.
Children act 1989, parents and professionals must work together to ensure the safety of the child.
The education act 2002, this sets out the responsibilities to ensure that children are safe and free from harm.
Children act 2004, this provides the legal framework for every child matters.
Working together to safeguard children 2010, which sets out the duties of organisations and how they must work together to safeguard children and young people.
Child protection is about everything that is undertaken to protect children who are/might be suffering from any form if abuse or neglect. Also ensuring that children are raised in positive circumstances by providing safe and caring environments. Safeguarding is ensuring that children have the opportunity to achieve their true potential and have the right to be protected.
When coming into a new work you will need a CRB check to make sure you have no criminal convictions. You will need to be aware of all the settings policies and procedures for safeguarding so you will know how to spot signs of abuse and how/who to report your concerns. When you are about to carry out an activity with children you need to do risk assessments to check the environment and children are safe. You constantly need to be checking that all areas are safe so that no children are at risk of being harmed.
Serious case reviews are required when a child dies and it is known or suspected that abuse or neglect is a factor in the death. Sometimes reviews may also be carried out where a child has been seriously harmed or suffered life-threatening injuries. When professionals are found to be negligent in their involvement or procedures, the review is able to highlight where the mistakes were made.
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