Safeguard is of vital importance when working with children. Collect information that shows you can:-
Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies & procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children, including e-safety.
Children’s Act 1989
Data Protection Act 1998
Education Act 2002
Every Child Matters 2004
Working together to Safeguard Children 2006
Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
Front Door Service
Describe the role of different agencies involved in safeguarding children’s welfare.
These charities are there to support children and allow the child to talk with confidence knowing help and support is at hand. They can also help and support family, parents and anyone working/caring for children and young people. www. NSPCC.org.uk, barnardos.org,uk, childline.org.uk
Social Services: Is not only about working with children and families to develop long lasting solutions that keeps families together, but it can be about taking the difficult decision to remove a child from a situation that is showing no signs of improvement and where the child is likely to suffer harm. This comprises of a team of specialist social workers.
NHS: They sometimes go into Schools on vaccination programmes, hearing and eye tests, also height and weight programmes. A&E departments when nurses and doctors can report none accidental injuries and suspected child abuse to the social care team.
Police: They have a duty of care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, who act upon information gained or given by way of an investigation and prosecute if a crime against a child or young person has been committed. They can also break the Confidentiality Act in the protection of a child or young adult.
All have a responsibility for the education and welfare of children and young people. Their observation of pupils in the classroom can trigger concerns about their health of welfare.
North Tyneside Council: If you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child in North Tyneside (Front Door Service) is the first point of contact for all families, children and professionals.
Health Visitors are trained to recognise risk factors, triggers of concern and signs of abuse and neglect, including GP and Nurse within the practise.
Identify the characteristics of different types of child abuse.
May involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scaling, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces illness in a child.
Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to the child that they are worthless or unloved inadequate or valued only insofar that they meet the needs of another person.
It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond the child’s development capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction.
It may involve seeing or hearing ill treatment of another. It may involve causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the corruption of children. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.
Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health and development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse.
Once a child is born, neglect may involve a…