Unit 2 safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people.
Any individual that comes into contact with children or young people should establish and maintain a safe environment and have the duty to safeguard and promote the welfare. Child protection policies and procedures are set to safeguard, detect and prevent child abuse and neglect. This also includes helping children and young people to protect themselves from abuse and dealing with bullying. Currently there is no single legislation that covers the rights of children, but there are law, regulations and guidance in place which are revised, amended and updated to reflect developments in the safeguarding of children.
The children’s act 1989. This act contains many principles and defines child abuse as a person’s actions that cause a child to suffer significant harm to their health, development and wellbeing. A child’s welfare is paramount and introduced a concept of parental responsibility, rights, power and duties. It also contains details of what local authorities and courts should do to protect Children’s welfare.
The children’s act 2004. This didn’t replace the children’s act 1989 but set a program of reform a framework of services that cover children and young people from birth to the age of nineteen. The Children’s Act 2004 together with “every child matters, change for children”, requires local authorities lead and team up with health services, criminal justice services, voluntary and community organisations to improve services for children, protect them from harm and help them achieve.
To ensure that every child, whatever their background or circumstances, have the support they need to:
*Enjoy and achieve through learning
*Make a positive contribution to society
*Achieve economic well-being.
Every child matters, change for children, Set the national framework, their focus is early intervention,