Unit CYP 3.3 Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people. CACHE Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)
1.1,1.3, 3.2, 3.4
1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
3.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2
Cross reference to TDA 3.1 (3.1)
Unit CYP 3.1
1.2 Explain child protection in the wider concept of safeguarding children and young people. Every school or organisation that deals with children must have a safeguarding policy in place which should be reviewed and updated regularly. As a teaching assistant it is vital that I know what the policy at my school contains, so I am aware of what to do if I ever have any cause for concern. The term “child protection is increasingly being replaced by that of “safeguarding” Child protection is specifically about abuse but it comes under an umbrella term called safeguarding. Safeguarding are all the things that we do and the policies and procedures we have that help keep children safe. Child protection is part of the wider concept to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are/maybe suffering from any form of abuse or neglect. It also involves protecting children and young people from maltreatment and preventing impairment of a child’s health and development by ensuring children are raised in positive circumstances by providing safe and caring environments. Parents or carers who fail to protect or care for the children they are looking after could then be taken to court and the child may be then removed from the home and placed into care. Safeguarding a child or young person is ensuring that they have the opportunity to achieve their true potential and have the right to be protected from abuse (physical, emotional or sexual), neglect or exploitation from anyone including family, friends and any professionals working with them.
1.4 When and why are serious case reviews required? How do the findings reform practice?
The purpose of a serious case review is to:
Establish what lessons are to be learned from the case about the way in which local professionals and organisations work individually and together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; Improve the communication between agencies to share and work together as a system to make sure that the complete information is passed onto each individual organisation and take better actions to make sure that the child/ren voices are heard and not assume that they are all OK;
Identify clearly what those lessons are both within and between agencies, how and within what timescales they will be acted on, and what is expected to change as a result; Improve intra and inter-agency working; Better safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in danger of a future abuse;
Serious case reviews are not enquiries about how a child died or was seriously harmed, or into who is culpable. These are matters for coroners and criminal courts respectively to determine. Equally, serious case reviews are not part of any disciplinary process, but may highlight information which may indicate that one or more agencies should consider disciplinary action within established procedures. A SCR may be conducted at the same time, but should be separate from disciplinary action. In some cases it may be necessary to initiate disciplinary action as a matter of urgency to safeguard and promote the welfare of other children. When a child dies or is seriously harmed and abuse or neglect is known or suspected, the first priority must be to consider immediately whether there are other children who are likely to be placed in the same situation. Where there are concerns about the welfare of siblings or...
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