1.1. Identify current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. All children have the right to be kept safe and looked after.
The United Nations Convention on the rights of a child (1989) is a treaty that sets out the rights and freedoms of all children in a set of 54 articles.
Children’s Act 1989: Identifies the responsibilities of parents and professionals who must work to ensure the safety and welfare of the child/young person. Two important sections included in the act are:
Section 47- the local authority has “a duty to investigate when there is reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer, significant harm.”
Section 17 – services must be put into place to “safeguard and promote the welfare of children within the area who are in need.”
The Education Act 2002: Sets out the responsibilities of L.E.A’s, governing bodies, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure that children are kept safe and free from harm.
Children’s Act 2004: Provides the legal framework for EVERY CHILD MATTERS.
- Services to work more closely, thus forming an integrated service.
- A common assessment of children’s needs. - A shared database of information which is relevant to the safety of children/young people.
- Earlier support for parents who are facing problems.
The Safeguarding Policy in my setting is laid out to ensure all staff in our school are clear about the actions necessary with regard to a child protection issue. It aims to:
- Raise the awareness of all staff and identify responsibilities in reporting possible cases of abuse.
- Ensure effective communication between all staff when dealing with child protection issues.
- Lay down the correct procedures for those who encounter an issue of child protection.
The policy lays