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1. Using the table below, explain the key areas in current legislation which relate to the safeguarding of children (1.1)
Description of the area
Children’s Act 1989
The welfare of the children is paramount, it puts a responsibility on local authorities to protect children, it sets out the procedures to be followed when there are concerns. 2
Children’s Act 2004
Duty on anyone who works with children to work in an integrated way, duty to share information, early intervention. (Additional to the Act of 1989) 3
Data Protecting Act 1998
Personal data shall be processed fairly, obtained and used only for the purpose intended, adequate, relevant and not excessive, accurate and kept up to date, not be kept for longer than needed, keep information safe but share if you have a concern.
UNICEF’s mission is to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and t o expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. The Convention sets out these rights in 54 articles and two Optional Protocols. (Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989)
2. Evaluate the effectiveness of a range of activities that can be used to encourage children to protect themselves (1.2)
Evaluation of effectiveness
A place where children can post things they are worried about. This is a good way of children being able to express themselves without having to talk directly to an adult which they may find embarrassing or their shyness can stop them. 2
Story about strangers and dangers
This is an informative way to introduce the idea of the stranger danger for children and not everyone is nice, even if they look nice and vice versa. How to prevent and escape from the situation. The story captures children’s attention and the pictures reinforce the written message (other activities: printable work sheets and colouring pictures, quizzes, role plays, games, videos, stranger song (-to the tune of Brother John). We can use the story of Little Red Riding Hood which helps to explain that some people have bad intentions like the wolf in the story. We can tell that some bad people don't look evil on the outside because they can disguise themselves with lies and a friendly-looking appearance. We should encourage the children to trust their intuition and get out of a situation that feels wrong like when Little Red Riding Hood noticed how “Granma” looked strange and realized that the wolf dressed up, long before he tried to eat her.
Letting them talk
The children can express their views, identity, participate in decisions that affect them as appropriate to their age and ability, taking their wishes and feelings into account and it helps coming over their shyness. Like while making biscuit faces with a 4 year old, which is good for getting to know the procedure of baking and the related ingredients, the child can make one with a smile and one with a sad face, and can explain why did s/he choose it. We can find out whether something bad happened to her/him or not, as at this age they have the vocabulary to go into details as well.
Booklets about abuse
They get to know the exist and types of abuse (verbal, physical, emotional, sexual abuse etc.), learn what to do and realize the situation and that they have to tell to someone you trust about. We can start to talk about it from the age of 3-4, when the children are more able to assess the scenes, people. With shy, sensitive or young children we should rather build safety skills, discuss situations then facts of abuse. If lost or separated, they...
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