The policies and procedures on how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people are:
• The NUCRC ( The United Nations Convention on the right of the child): This ensure that all children and young people aged 17 years and under have the right to be kept safe from all types of abuse such as, physical, mental, neglect, sexual, maltreatment or exploitation by those caring for them.
• The Children Act 1989: Those responsible for the child must work to ensure the child's safety. If they suspect that a child is being abused or in any way suffering then it is their duty to report it to the local authority. The local authority has a duty to investigate any alligations in which they believe a child could be exposed to any significant harm.
• The Education Act 2011: This act sets out clear responsibilities of the Local Education Authorities (LEAs), Governors, Head Teacher, Teacher and all those working in a educational environment to ensure that all children are safe from harm.
• Working Together to Safeguard Children 2012: This guidance show how organizations and individuals working with children should work together to help promote and safeguard the wellbeing of those children and young people in their care.
• The Children Act 2004: This act provides the legal frame work of Every Child Matters. It requires for services to work more closely, forming an integrated service.
Child protection is part of the work to help safeguard and protect the well being of children and young people. There is more to safeguarding children and young people then just protecting them from direct abuse. Any person working with children and young people have a role more then just protecting them from abuse and neglect such as ensuring that their in a safe environment away from crime and bullying. All children should be able to rely on Head Teachers, Teachers, Support staff and any of those working with them to keep them safe. Other forms of safeguarding can include; risk assessments, fire drills, registration, missing children and health and safety checks.
National and local guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding that affects the day to day work for those working with children and young people relate to;
The Education Act 2002 sets out clear guidelines to education authorities on how to promote and safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people. This affects the day to day work of those who work with children as at all times they need to be aware of the child protection procedures. They need to be aware of where to find policies in case they suspect a child is in anyway being harmed. They need to be aware on how to spot sign of abuse and follow policies and procedures on how and who they should report their concerns to.
Our schools Child Protection Policy draws upon the guidance contained in the "London Child Protection Procedures" and DFE guidance "safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education." All adults working in the school are required to undertake a CRB check. If a CRB check is not taken or comes back with criminal convictions then you will not be allowed to work within the school, this includes visiting staff, volunteers and students on placement. Any adults on site that suspect child abuse or neglect are required to report it to the designated Senior Teacher with responsibility for child protection.
Risk assessments are a major factor in the day to day work with children. Risk assessment can be carried out in many ways. For example a written assessment where you would plan a activity and take into account what materials you would need and weather they are safe and assess that you have took into account the needs of all individuals involved. Another assessment could be done within seconds in you head such as if a child was to…