Current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within the UK affecting the safeguarding of children and young people There are legislations, guidelines, policies and procedures within the UK that are in place to help safeguard children and young people in the community. Some of these are;
The Children Act 1989
This is an act to amend previous laws relating to children: To provide for local authority services for children in need and others: To make provision for those who foster, childmind and for day-care for young children and adoption. Also, for children’s homes and voluntary organisations.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)
This international agreement sets out the minimum standards for protecting children’s rights and refers to all children up to the age of 18 years old. There are 54 articles: 40 give direct rights to children. The Convention defines the basic human rights of all children and specifies 14 basic rights. Each child has the right to: •Life
•Name and nationality
•Live with his/her parents and if this is not possible then to have contact with them •Say what they think
•Meet other children and join groups
• Be safe from harm
• Medical care
•A decent standard of living
•Practise their religion and speak their language
•Rest and time to play
•Protection from dangerous work
•Protection from the use of illicit drugs.
In relation to safeguarding children, it states that the best interests of the child should be a biggest consideration when action is taken concerning them. •Children are to be protected from all forms of discrimination •Every child has the inherent right to life, survival and development •Children should not be punished cruelly or in a way that belittles them •Children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect and be given proper care by those looking after them •Children who are victims of abuse are entitled to the care and...
...wellbeing of children and youngpeople
Learning Outcome: 1.1
Title of outcome: Outline currentlegislation, guidelines, policies and procedureswithin own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and youngpeopleLegislation is the term used to describe the laws or Acts and Statutes enacted by the UK Parliament.
The UK government provides guidelines to organisations and individuals in England and Wales to inform them about how legislation enacted in Parliament should be interpreted and applied.
Policy is the term used to describe as a principle or rule used to inform decision making within organisations, so that they are able to achieve a rational or desirable outcome. Policy differs from legislation as it guides actions, but cannot compel or prohibit behaviours.
A procedure is a document written to support a policy principle or rule. A Procedure is designed to establish corporate accountability for implementation of a policy by describing the set of actions that have to be executed and by whom within an organization in relation to it.
...Outline currentlegislation, guidelines, policies and procedurewithin own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and youngpeople.
Any individual who comes into contact with children in their daily line of work “has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.Safeguarding means protecting and promoting the child’s welfare and putting measure in place to prevent abuse. Child protection is protecting a child where there is reason to believe that the child has suffered or are likely to suffer as a result of abuse.
There are many laws that protect the welfare and safeguarding of children.
The Children Act 1989
The local authority has a welfare of duty to protect children in their area and work in partnership with parents to ensure the child gets the best possible care.
The Children Act 2004
This sets out the process so the child can achieve the 5 outcomes in the “Every Child Matters”: (See below for more information)
1. Be healthy
2. Stay safe
3. Enjoy and achieve
4. Make a positive contribution
5. Achieve economic well being
The main purpose was the integration of child services (multi agency teams) working together to protect the child from...
...SUPPORTING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN SCHOOLS LEVEL 3 (DIPLOMA)
Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and youngpeople
Outline currentlegislationguidelines, policies and procedures for safeguardingchildren and youngpeople.
Legislation covering child protection can be divided into two main types, criminal law, dealing with people who have offended or are at risk of offending against children, and civil law, which is divided into public law and private law. Public law puts in place systems and processes in order to minimise the risk of children coming to harm and lays out what action should be taken if children are at risk. Private law deals with family proceedings such as divorce and contact. Some Acts contain both types of Law.Children and Young Persons Act 1933This was one of the first acts to be passed in Parliament with regards to protecting and safeguarding the welfare of children in the UK and it forms a basis on which many other Laws regarding children’s rights and safeguarding have been made and has hundreds of amendments to bring its detail up to date.It defines a variety of ways that children that...
...The main currentlegislation, guidelines, policies and procedureswithin own UK Home Nation for safeguardingchildren and youngpeople.
Before a member of staff can start employment with the company there are processes they must go through. A successful application form is followed by a through interview. During the interview an application for a criminal records bureau (crb) check is made once it has been deemed that the applicant has completed the criteria for employment the crb application is sent off. Once the check is returned the successful applicant may start work. This is called a safer recruitment process. Once the new worker has started working in its new role they will receive support from senior and management staff and receive regular supervisions where they can discuss their progress in their work role.
Criminal Records Bureau check.
(Now known as Section 142 of the Education Act 2002)
List 99 is maintained by the Department for Children, Schools & Families (DCSF) and contains the details of teachers who are considered unsuitable or banned from working with children in education.
A List 99 check is done to ensure your applicant does not appear on the sex offenders register and confirms if they are barred from working with children...
...The main currentlegislationguidelinespolicies and procedureswithin own UK home nation for safeguardingchildren and youngpeople.
Children’s order 2005
• Simplify laws that protected children and youngpeople in respective UK countries.
• Seen as a serious shake up tochildren rights and protection
• Made it clear to everyone that worked with children what their duties were
• Shows them how to work together when there is allegations of child abuse
Children’s act 2004
• In 2003 it was clear services for children still weren’t working or communicating together this was flagged up because of the tragic death of Victoria Climbie
• The organisation need to support and protect vulnerable children in the society
• The lambing report resulted in a green paper called every child matters.
• The integration of children’s service and the introduction of children’s directors with responsibility for local authority education and children’s social services.
• Arrangements for sharing information has been reviewed and changed
Vetting and barring
The scheme was introduced in 2009 to stop unsuitable people working with vulnerable children and adults this scheme does the...
...The following legislation affects Safeguardingchildren and youngpeople in the UK-
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child 1989 this includes childrens rights to protection from abuse, the right to express their views and be listened to, and the right to care and services for diabled children or children living away from home. Although different british governments have said that it regards itself bound by the Convention and refers to it in child protection guidance,it has not become part of UK law.
Working together to safeguard children 2010 applies to those working in education, health and social services as well as the police and the probation service. It is relevant to those working with children and their families in the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors. The document covers a summary of the nature and impact of child abuse and neglect, how to operate best practice in child protection procedures,the roles and responsibilities of different agencies and practitioners, the role of local safeguardingchildren boards,the processes to be followed when there are concerns about a child, the action to be followed when there are concerns about a child,the action to be taken to safeguard and promote the welfare of children...
...All schools need an environment where children feel ‘safe’, they have the right to deal with any circumstances where they feel a child is concerned with a matter towards abuse or neglect. Legislations are put in place along side guidelines and policies to ensure the health, safety and security of all children.
The legislation for safeguarding says that we need to protectchildren from maltreatment. Help to prevent impairment of children’s health and development by ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and taking action to enable all children and youngpeople to have the best possible outcome.
The action we take to promote the outcome is outlined in school procedures and policies. Schools develop a range of polices to ensure the safety of pupils, the policies show parents and teachers a layout of reporting procedures that they must follow.
An outline of currentlegislation is the disclosure and barring service, (DBS) this is taking out on anyone who will be caring, uncharged or alone with children at anytime, this includes checking criminal records from two barred lists it will detect any form of police record to inform employers. It...
...5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services. Hachette UK, 2012.
P5: Understand safeguarding of children and youngpeople (for those working in the adult sector)
1.1 Explain the policies, procedures and practices for safe working with children and youngpeople.
Prior’s Court are a provider that carries out a regulated service, we are registered with Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (OFSTED). We have to take into account the CQC/OFSTED Essential standards quality and safety. The CQC and OFSTED will continuously monitor our service to ensure that we are meeting the essential standards. If they have any concerns they will act quickly, using their enforcement powers to bring about improvements or intervene if necessary.
In the past safeguarding practices was mostly commonly applied to children and youngpeople under the age of eighteen, but due to key aspects of legislation being extended to include similar standards of protection to vulnerable adults. There are a number of legislations regulations and professional guidance for safe working with children and youngpeople...