1. Understand the policies, procedures and practises for safe working with children and young people
1.1 Explain the policies, procedures and practises for safe working with children and young people
A policy is a statement of what an organisation will do to safeguard a child or young person to keep them safe.
A procedure will describe the actions the organisation will take to put the actions into place.
A practise is generally written methods outlining who will perform a task with minimum risk.
Every organisation whom supports children and young people in any capacity should have a policy on “child protection” or “safeguarding” which will help in protecting children and young people from harm and abuse. With this should also be a procedure which will enable staff, workers, volunteers and children and young people and their representatives to know what do if they are worried. It will also underpin what is expected of the individual in relation to recognising and reporting concerns.
In England, the law states that children are to be kept safe by the individuals who work with them. This legislation is covered in The Childrens Act 1989 & 2004, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 document by the Department of Health and The Children’s and Young Persons Act 1933.
There is also as part of the five outcomes every child matters, staying safe
Safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation
Safe from accidental injury and death
Safe from bullying and discrimination
Safe from crime and anti-social behaviour in and out of school
Have security, stability and are well cared for
In terms of keeping children safe within my service, we asked all visitors to sign themselves and their children into the home, we ask children to stay with their adult representative’s at