What Are The Current Legislation Guidelines Policies And Procedures For Safeguarding The Welfare Of Children And Young People

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Support Teaching and
Learning In Schools
Level 2

Trainee : Chris Gerry
Trenance Learning Academy

Unit TDA 2.2 – Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
1.1 – Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety.
Policies include:-
The Childrens Act (1989) – This states that parents and professionals must work to ensure the safety of the child. Section 47 states that the Local Authority has a duty to investigate when there is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Section 17 states that services must be put in place to promote and safeguard the welfare of children who are in need.
The Childrens Act (2004) - This aims to bring agencies closer together to form a net of services for all and it provides a legal framework for Every Child Matters. It also provides a common assessment of children’s needs. Another part of this act is to provide a shared database of information which is relevant to the safety and welfare of children and to give earlier support for parents who are experiencing problems.
The Education Act (2002) – This sets out the responsibilities of Local Education Authorities, Head teachers, those working in schools and the governing body. It is to ensure that these people do everything in their power to keep children safe and free from harm.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) – This 54 article document, sets out the rights and freedom of all children. In particular article 19 states children’s rights to be ‘protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation including sexual abuse by those looking after them’.
Schools must also develop their own safeguarding policies which ensure the safety, security and well-being of their pupils. These policies set out the responsibilities of staff and the procedures that must be followed. It could be in the form of one health and safety document or individual policies. They must however cover the following areas. Safeguarding and protecting the children and how to report any issues. E-safety making sure children are safe when using the internet, and this also includes looking for and protecting against cyber-bullying.
A policy that has recently been updated is the “Working Together to Safeguard Children (2006)” This was updated in 2010 to bring it to in line with other policies.
1.2 – Describe the roles of different agencies involved in the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people.
All adults within any of the agencies have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children in their care. Within a school there must also be a designated member of staff whose is responsible to check on the current levels of safeguarding and e-safety.
Schools have a responsibility to:-
Monitor and keep records and share this information with other relevant agencies
Develop children’s awareness and knowledge of what is acceptable and not acceptable behaviour to keep the safe. Also what is correct and not when using the internet.
Provide training to all staff relating to safeguarding and making sure they understand their role.
To know, support and protect the children at risk that may be on the “At Risk Register”
To organise the policies and place security systems within the computer system to help with e-safety
Many agencies working together can aid with the safeguarding of children. Perhaps when making an assessment of a child, it could involve the family, social services, the health service as well as the school.
Some of the agencies that work together to promote the welfare and safeguard the children are:
Children’s Social Care
The N.S.P.C.C. (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
Schools / Colleges
Health Services
The Police
The “Children’s Social” care has the power