CRB Criminal Records Bureau CAF Common Assessment Framework
DCSF Department for Children, Schools and Families
DFES the Department for Education and Skills
ECM Every Child Matters
ISA Independent Safeguarding Authority
In this assignment I will underpin how the multi agency team can help safeguarding children’s rights linking in to practise, with past, present and future legislation including policies and procedures which have protected children and families and also safeguarding incidents that have changed our practice. The assignment will discuss safeguarding across the board from settings, local and national policies and procedures, what they are and how they impact on staff and the setting.
Some of the policies and procedures that will be discussed are safeguarding, whistle blowing, and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). While some of the legislation that will be discussed is the Children Act 1989 and the current Children Act 2004 the changes that have been implemented, also the Bichard inquiry leading to new procedure of vetting staff and the barring procedures. Looking at the pro’s and con’s of the systems.
Looking at best practice and what promotes and influences multi agency working in Early Years, looking in to the theory behind multi agency working and integrated services. As the children’s welfare is paramount the assignment will discuss other issues such as health and safety, equality, diversity and how we work as part of a multi-agency team.
The definition for safeguarding is to keep children safe from harm this is supported in MacLeod-Brudenell (2008 pg 393) “safeguarding can be defined as `keeping children safe from harm, such as illness, abuse or injury`” this was cited by the Children’s director 2004.
Safeguarding policy to professional practice
There is a range of policies procedures and legislation linked to safeguarding and to the
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