The current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within our UK nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people are:
The children’s act 2004- this law was brought out as it was clear that in 2003 children were still not being properly protected from harm, abuse and vulnerability. This was highlighted by the case of Victoria Climbie who suffered abuse and a tragic death at the hands of her carers, it was reported that there were many signs missed by society that could have saved her life. There for the children’s act was brought out in 2004 to try and further protect children, this act mainly consists of:
Reference for the information in bullet points below- children and young people’s workforce early learning and childcare text book, page 110 level 3 diplomas Heinemann learning work based, author- Penny Tassoni. • Interrogation of children’s services and the introduction of children’s directors with responsibility for local authority education and children’s social services. • Lead councillors for children’s services with political responsibility for local child welfare. • The establishment of local safeguarding children’s boards with statuary powers to ensure that social service, the NHS, education services, the police and other services work together to protect vulnerable children. • A new common assessment framework to assist agencies in identifying welfare needs. • Revised arrangements for sharing information.
The children’s act 2006- this legislation makes it clear to all those that work with children of their duties and responsibilities to care for children. It outlines how to work together in the event of allegations and suspicion of child abuse and how to deal with such situations. This emphasises the responsibilities of professionals towards the children who may be or are at risk of harm. It states