Outcome 1.1- Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety Legislation and guidlines
Some of the main legislations around safeguarding children begin with the Children Act (1989). This was updated with the Children Act (2004) which included the principle of integrated childrens services and incorporated the five main principles of Every Child Matters (2003), which clearly states that every child is entitled to:
enjoy and achieve
make a positive contribution
achieve economic wellbeing
In 2010, another key document was updated and published by the governement. Called " Working together to safeguard children", it outlines the key responsibilities for professionals in protecting children from harm and keeping them safe.
Policies and procedures
It is very important for all workplace settings to have clear policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people. Some of the issues that should be included are:
A member of staff being the "named person" as the main contact for all safeguarding issues.
Clear procedures for managing personal care with children (e.g. helping them with toileting or changing nappies)
Clear procedures about appropriate physical contact with children and young people (e.g. cuddling children or restraining young people)
Clear policies about taking photographs or filming children, including the use of mobile phones in the work setting.
Security measures for protecting children, for example CCTV, fingerprint recognition or the use of webcams.
Clear procedures for risk assessment ( e.g. the regular checking of equiptment for damage and to make sure it is safe)
Clear arrangments for confirming parents or carers who are collecting children and for checking the identity of any visitors to the setting.
Clear policies about sharing information...
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