Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
1. The Children Act 1989 - 2004 is the most relevant legislation for safeguarding children and young people’s welfare. It was first made to give boundaries and support for local authorities for the welfare of children. The act then also made changes to the law that are regulated for children and their safety if they are in foster homes, adoption agencies, babysitting services and also handling childcare crimes and crimes against children. The children act’s main purpose is to ensure that the UK is a safer for children and young people and improve their wellbeing. It provides support and help to children of all ages, and backgrounds, and if they have a disability.
2. Confidentiality policy and the Health and Safety policy are two of the policies which relate to safeguarding the welfare of children. Confidentiality policy protects a child’s personal information and their general safety, as well as the child’s parents information and any other member of the family who may be collecting or dropping off the child. Every nursery are very respectful and ensure that the confidentiality policy is put in place properly. The ways that the nursery protects confidentiality are:
- Parents or carers will have access to their child’s files and records, not any other child.
- Staff will not discuss individual children with anyone other than their parent/carer
- information given to staff from parents about their child will not be passed on to third parties.
- Personal issues will be kept confidential to the people involved.
- Any evidence relating to a child 's personal safety will be kept in a confidential file and will not be shared within the nursery except for the child 's key worker and Manager.
- The nursery will follow all the procedures and requirements of the Data Protection Act.
The Health and Safety policy protects children as well as the staff from any accidents or issues that