1.1 current legislation guidelines policies and procedures in the UK affecting safeguarding of children and young people are:
Children’s act 1989 – simplified laws that protected children, provided clarity to those working with children’s of their responsibilities and duties regarding keeping them safe.
Children’s act 2004 – following the death of victoria climbie the children’s act was revised following the Laming Report in 2003. This report led to the production of ‘Every child Matters’ standards and a revision to the children’s act.
Working together to safeguard children 2006 - contained an updates on safeguarding and a national framework to help agencies work individually and together. local safeguarding children’s boards – with statutory powers to ensure social services, NHS, education services, policies and other agencies work together to protect children.
Common assessment framework – help agencies identify welfare needs
Vetting and barring scheme/CRB/ISA – introduced in October 2009 with the aim to prevent unsuitable people working with children and young people using criminal records and other sources.
1.2 Safeguarding is more than just protecting children from abuse; any service that works with children and young people has a role in keeping children safe. The staying safe action plan recognises several vital aspects in the wider view of safeguarding for example
Keeping children safe from accidents, crime and bullying, forced marriages, missing children.
1.3 How national and local guidelines affect day to day work with children.
The guidelines affect our day to day practice as it is our responsibility and duty to keep children safe and recognise when a child is at risk from harm.
Health and safety e.g. ensuring the setting is safe and clean
Child protection e.g. having CP policies and procedures, a named safeguarding member of staff, CP training to help identify indicators and know the correct way of reporting issues.