Current legislation, guidelines
, Policies and procedures
The following is an outline of current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation for safeguarding children
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the
Child 1989 was approved by the UK on the 16th
December 1991. This includes:
Children’s rights to protection from abuse
The right to express their views and be listened to
The right to care
Services for disabled children
Services for children living away from home
This convention is used as guidance and is not a part of U.K law. There is no one set legislation that covers safeguarding children and young people in the UK. There are different laws and guidelines that cover different parts of the UK: England Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Safeguarding children in England
The following is a list of current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for England:
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010)
These guidelines are for those working within:
The guidelines are relevant to those working closely with children and their families in statutory, independent and voluntary sectors.
The document covers the following areas:
A summary of the nature and impact of child abuse and neglect. •
How to operate best practice in child protection procedures. •
The roles and responsibilities of different agencies and practitioners. •
The role of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs).
The processes to be followed when there are concerns about a child. •
The action to be taken to safeguard and promote
the welfare of children experiencing, or at risk of, significant harm. •
The important principles to be followed when
Working with children and families.
Training requirements for effective child protection.
Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (2000)
This framework helps professional assess and find the right course of action for children and their families that are in need.
What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (2003).
This guideline explains both what is contained in Working Together to Safeguard Children and Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families.
The Protection of Children Act 1999
With in this act organizations are to make sure any persons they employ are CRB checked and not to offer employment to any person listed as unsuitable to work with children on the Department of Health list and the Department for Education and Employment’s List 99.
The Children Act 2004
This act changed the legislation on physical punishment and made it an offence to hit a child if it causes mental harm or leaves a lasting mark on the skin.
The following is from the EYFS Statutory framework it lists the Specific legal requirements the provider’s must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children:
The following must be provided to parents on request:
The type of activities provided for the children
The daily routines of the setting
The staffing of the setting
What food and drinks are given to the children
The provider’s policies and procedures, e.g:
- Safeguarding children policy;
- Admissions policies
- Equality of opportunity policy
The complaints procedure (available on request)
Full details for contacting Ofsted and how parents can make a complaint to Ofsted should they want to. •
The procedure to be followed in the event of a parent failing to collect a child at the appointed time; •
The procedure to be followed in the event of a child going missing. Child protection within the wider concept of safeguarding children and young people
All practitioners have a duty to protect the children they care for, and safeguard them from harm.
Safeguarding children is not just confined to one area, practitioners...
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