Outline current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK home nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people. For example, include brief information on: Working together to safeguard children 2010; Children Act 1989 & 2004; Laming and Bichard Inquiries; Every Child Matters; Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995
There are many guidelines and legislations affecting the safeguarding of children. Information on protecting and safeguarding children can be found in the guidance document Working Together to Safeguard Children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (2010). This sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children’s Act 1989 and the Children’s Act 2004. It is important that practitioners working to safeguard children and young people fully understand their responsibilities and duties. The latest revision of this guidance was following the publication of Lord Laming’s report, The Protection of Children in England: a Progress Report which called for an overhaul of children’s social work and it is set to lead to significant changes to the practice, training, management and status of social workers. The Children’s Act 1989 describes how local authorities should carry out their responsibilities in relation to care planning, placement and case reviews for looked after children. These responsibilities are designed to support the local authority in it’s primary duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of looked after children and to act as good corporate parents to enable each looked after child to achieve their full potential. The Children’s Act 2004 provides the legal basis for how social services and other agencies deal with issues relating to children. These guidelines have been laid down so that all individuals who are involved in looking after children at either...
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