Name: Helen Walford
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Answer the following question fully. Then file in portfolio section M
Task 1 links to learning outcomes 1 and 3, assessment criteria 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5.
identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, including e-safety
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)
There are 54 articles set out to state the rights and freedoms of ALL children. A number of the articles are to ensure children are looked after and kept safe. Children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, physical, emotional, neglect, sexual abuse, exploitation and maltreatment and to do this they need to be looked after and cared for.
All countries who signed up to the treaty have to adhere to and ensure it is implemented as they are bound legally to the legislation.
Children Act 1989
This is to ensure childrens safety and outlines the parental and professional responsibilities.
There are two sections in particular which focus on the safeguarding of children;
Section 17 states that local authority must put services into place to enable protection and to promote the welfare within their district of children who are in need.
Section 47 states that when the local authority suspects that a child either living in or visiting their area is suffering or likely to suffer serious harm then they have a duty to investigate.
Education Act 2002
This act is for the Local Education Authority, Governors, Teachers, Head Teachers and all
Others who work within a school. It lists the responsibilities to ensure that children are
Protected from harm.
describe the roles of different agencies involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people identify the characteristics of different types of child abuse
Children Act 2004
This act promotes the “Every Child Matters” framework which is a legal requirement, covered within the framework is:
The requirement for services to combine/coordinate services to provide a functional service.
The requirement for a universally used assessment framework to ensure that children in need are detected as early as possible.
The requirement for a database containing all information relevant to the welfare and safety of children which must be available to all services.
The requirements of the provision of early support for parents who are experiencing issues.
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
This act is in place to protect vulnerable children and adults, restricting contact between them and people who may pose a threat to them The act provides the framework for the vetting and barring schemes which was put in place by the Independent Safeguarding Authority. The legislation applies to any individual who works with children or vulnerable adults in a controlled activity or setting, including volunteers. Anybody providing care or support for these individuals has to be ISA registered . The key principles of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 are: Unsuitable persons should be barred from working with children (or vulnerable adults)
Employers should have a straightforward means of checking that a person is not barred from working with children (or vulnerable adults)
Suitability checks should not be one-offs, they should be an ongoing assessment of suitability to catch those who commit wrongs following a suitability check.
Working together to safeguard children (2010)
This explains the duties of organizations when safeguarding children and young people and how they must carry out setting policies and procedures.
What to do if you are worried about a child being abused (2006)
This guideline explains the ways in which we can take action as an adult if we are concerned about a childs welfare to enable safeguarding in children and young people when at work.