1.1 Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
The Children Act 1989 (England and Wales)
These acts were brought in with aim of simplifyinh the laws that protect children and young people. They tell people what their duties are and how they should work together when child abuse is suspected.
Working Together to Safeguard Children (1999)
This provides guidelines for professionals in England and Wales to help them work with children who are at risk of harm.
Children Act 2004
The death of Victoria Climbie at the hands of her carers resulted in an independent inquiry, lead by the Lord Laming, into her death in 2003. The Laming Report led to the Green Paper Every Child Matters, Which in turn led to children act 2004 in England and similar bills and Acts in all four countries in the UK. The Act includes
the introduction of local authority's Children's Directors with responsibility for education and children's social services •
councillors for children's services with responsibility for local children's welfare •
Local Safeguarding Children's Boards (LSCB) with powers to make sure that social services, the NHS, education services, the police and other services work together to protect vulnerable children •
a Common Assesment Framework to help agencies to identify needs of children •
revised arrangements for diffrent agencies to share information.
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006
This updates safeguarding and how agencies should work individually and together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The Vetting and Barring Scheme
Anyone who wants to work with children, young people or vulnerble adults must register with the idenpendent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). The ISA checks every person who applies by looking at their CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, any relevant criminal convictions, cautions, police intelligence and other...
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