Today we use the term safeguarding instead of child protection because it covers a much broader range. These changes were influenced by the first Joint Chief Inspectors’ safeguarding report 2002 and formalised in the Every Child Matters legislation outlined in the Children Act 2004. By safeguarding a child or young person we ensure they get the very best of the opportunities available to them for them to achieve the best of their potential while keeping them safe from bullying, crime, accidents, neglect and abuse.
Safeguarding is a fundamental part of our every day activities with children and young people in the most basic of things from health and hygiene policies i.e washing hands before and after assisting the younger children with toilet duties for both the teacher and the pupil to I.D badges to identify ourselves, locks on all entrances and exits from the building as well as signing in and out of buildings. Anyone working with children are to have enhanced CRB checks to ensure we comply with the current legislations that prevent inappropriate people from working there, also all staff are to know their settings policies and procedures in the event of an incident they then know the correct procedures to carry out and who next to inform.
Protecting children and young people and promoting their welfare is often a shared responsibility as it is important to collect as much information from as many sources as possible to get the best picture of each case and there can be many agencies involved with this such as staff, volunteers, police, welfare officers, social services and common assessment framework (CAF).
Analyse how national and local guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding affect day to day work with children and young people.
Policies are in place so both pupils and teachers know their boundaries. Below is a list of policies used within our