Any individual who comes into contact with children in their daily line of work “has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.
Safeguarding means protecting and promoting the child’s welfare and putting measure in place to prevent abuse. Child protection is protecting a child where there is reason to believe that the child has suffered or are likely to suffer as a result of abuse.
There are many laws that protect the welfare and safeguarding of children.
The Children Act 1989
The local authority has a welfare of duty to protect children in their area and work in partnership with parents to ensure the child gets the best possible care.
The Children Act 2004
This sets out the process so the child can achieve the 5 outcomes in the “Every Child Matters”: (See below for more information)
1. Be healthy
2. Stay safe
3. Enjoy and achieve
4. Make a positive contribution
5. Achieve economic well being
The main purpose was the integration of child services (multi agency teams) working together to protect the child from harm.
Every Child Matters
The Government has aimed to ensure that all children and young people are healthy by having access to lots of physical activity and live a healthy lifestyle. All children have a right to feel safe, be that in a school environment or at home. Children should enjoy their life and achieve their full potential through education. Children should make a positive contribution to their society.
The Government works closely with the local authority and in partnership with parents to ensure that all children have the support required to achieve these 5 outcomes.
Childcare Act 2006
This is solely concerned with early years and states that early years childcare settings must improve the Every Child Matters outcomes and ensure that the parents