Unit 4: Develop and implement policies and procedures to support the safeguarding of children and young people.
1. Understand the impact of current legislation that underpins the safeguarding of children and young people.
1.2 National and local guidelines and policies and procedures concerning safeguarding have a big impact on day-to-day work with children and young people. Theses include The Children Act 1989,CSSIW,Wales PPA and the Care Council for Wales, just to name a few have improved their links and support to early childcare providers through their external links, and recognised providers of training courses, and the training that we should all be participating in, in order to maintain standards and legislative requirements. Thus highlighting recent issues, with particular reference to safeguarding issues, and the need froe more multi agency work, professionals working together as one unit, and introducing a common theme of inclusive practice.
All people that work within the childcare environment are required by law to provide a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, anyone failing to do so will not be allowed to work with children and young people. A DBS check contains details of any past criminal behaviour therefore determining a persons suitability to work with children. These checks need to be updated every three years. This method does provide a good basis for checking individuals past behaviour, it however does not mean that their intentions will not change so it is important to always be vigilant when recruiting new staff and obtain reliable references from recent employers. New staff and students should not be left alone with children until their DBS has come through.
All childcare establishments have their own safeguarding policy which all staff, students and volunteers must be familiar with to ensure that they are able to follow the correct procedures for spotting signs of abuse, recording findings and informing the correct people on a need to know basis. It is of fundamental importance that everyone is aware of what to do if a child discloses information that concerns their welfare. It is imperative that practitioners are aware that they have a responsibility to raise concern if there is a need to.
Safeguarding and promoting welfare of children requires effective communication in every local area. For this reason the Children Act 2004 required each Local Authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). (www.sewsc.org.uk 02/05/15)
LSCB’s are the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in each local area will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.
Local authorities have designated safeguarding officers who work with organisations to offer support, advice and guidance where needed.
Most importantly it is how these situations are dealt with in the first instance, and all practitioners should be given the opportunity to embark on current training provided by local authorities.
Legislation also places great emphasis on the child centred approach to care. It states that all children should be listened to and respected. All activities, planning and routines should be based on each individuals child’s needs and requirements. Children should be given plenty of opportunity to express themselves through their play and should never be discriminated against for any reason such as race or gender.
2. Be able to support the review of policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people.
2.3 /2.5 The safeguarding children policies and procedures at Sunnybank are reviewed annually or when any amendments are required due to changes in legislation or when staff complete relevant training.
The legal framework that underpins the policies