Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people is a high priority in the workplace, and certain actions and procedures must be followed to ensure the safety of all children, both inside and outside of school.
There are several different areas that must be addressed when considering safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, both within the school environment and the home environment.
TDA 2.2 – 1.1. – Current Legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures
The first, and most fundamental, piece of legislation regarding the welfare of children and young people is the Children Act 1989. This Act was primarily introduced to give boundaries and help to local authorities, and other services, to better regulate intervention in the interest of children and young people. The ultimate aim of the Act was to make the UK safer for all children under the age of 18. The Act was created based upon the strong belief that children are safer and best cared for within the family unit, and in particular, introduced the notion of parental responsibility. Another piece of legislation introduced to help safeguard the welfare of children and young people was the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which was signed by the UK on 19th April 1990. It is an international human rights treaty that essentially grants all children and young people under the age of 17 a comprehensive set of over 40 rights. These include, but are not limited to: special protection measures and assistance, access to services such as education and healthcare, and to grow up in an environment of happiness, love and understanding. In relation to the school environment, conducting background CRB checks on any new members of staff ensures the welfare of children and young people. This check assesses an applicant’s suitability to work within a school, by providing employers with