1.2 – tASK 2
Explain Child Protection within the wider context of safe guarding children and young people.
Child protection should always be the primary concern of all those who work with children and young people. Safeguarding encompasses child protection, support, counselling, and prevention of harm, education and providing all of the things that a child needs to develop. Safeguarding a child is ensuring that they have the support and opportunity to achieve their potential as well as preserving their life chances and outcomes. Safeguarding also includes upholding the child’s right to be protected from harm, neglect or exploitation. Safeguarding is a holistic approach that looks at the child as a whole and considers physical, emotional and mental factors. This approach is concerned with preventing harm and educating children about potential harm instead of simply reacting to harm that has previously occurred. The day-to-day activities of all professionals that work with children are centred on safeguarding and there is much legislation to ensure that this is the case. Every organisation that works with children must maintain a safeguarding policy and ensure that all staff members are familiar with it. Safeguarding children and ensuring their welfare depends on all people who work with children being committed to the welfare and wellbeing of the children they work with.
2.1 Task 7 childcare qualifications have whole units or modules dedicated to safeguarding. Why do you think this area is given such prominence?
Safeguarding is a main focus of childcare qualifications and training because it should always be the primary concern of care professionals in everything they do. Safeguarding must be considered in every decision that is made in a nursery setting as well as in the day-to-day operations, which is why safeguarding policies are so important. It is imperative that a nursery setting is free of danger and the children are always kept