The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 - which ensure that children are safe and looked after, children have the right to be protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect, negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation including sexual abuse by those looking after them.
Children act 1989
Parents and professionals must work to ensure the safety of the child. This act includes two important sections : Section 47 states that the local authority has a duty to investigate if they have cause to suspect a child that lives or is found in their area is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
Section 17 states that services must be put in place by local authority to safeguard the welfare of the children within their area who need it.
The Education Act 2002
This sets out the responsibilities of Local Education Authorities (LEAs), Governing bodies, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure that children are safe and free from harm.
Children Act 2004
This provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters. It includes the requirement for:
• Services to work more closely, forming an integrated service.
• a common assessment framework to help the early identification of need
• a shared database of information which is relevant to the safety and welfare of children
• Earlier support for parents who experiencing problems.
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006
This sets out the duties of organisations and how they must work together to safeguard children and young people.
The council has produced a strategy to increase the awareness of internet safety. Set out measures to protect children from unsuitable sites and establish codes of