Understand How To Safeguard The Well-being Of Children And Young People
The Children Act (1989) and (2004) set out specific safeguarding legislation to be used when working with children.
The UK is also a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which underlines a child’s rights to be free from abuse.
Working Together to Safeguard Children is a Welsh government produced set of guidelines on safeguarding children and young persons.
Safeguarding a child is about protecting a child from abuse. Though safeguarding also has a much wider remit than simply that. It is about protecting children from danger and neglect, promoting their welfare and ...view middle of the document...
This filters down in the form of requisite policies and procedures in organisations that provide a service to or work directly with children and young persons.
Directives such as having clearly and explicitly stated priorities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, clear commitments from senior management to the importance of the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young persons.
Thorough lines of accountability, staff vetting, training and making sure staff are fully aware of the organisations commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare if children and young persons.
Clear procedures for dealing with complaints and accusations of abuse by staff members. They must have a child protection policy, and procedures that are in line with local authority guidance on inter-agency procedures.
To have policies to ensure that safe and effective sharing of information can be carried out between local agencies
To give children a clear voice and listen to the children and young people and strive to empower them appropriately in actively participating in individual decisions and establishment or development of services.
Finally it is required that all organisation have appropriate whistle blowing procedure to allow the safeguarding and promoting of welfare of the children and young persons to be safely and confidently addressed.
Serious case reviews occur when abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and;
When a child is abused or neglected, referred to social services, there is any cause for concern over a child well-being, a child dies or sustains a potentially life threatening injury or serious our permanent impairment of health and development, a child has committed suicide or and been killed by a mentally ill parent.
They are conducted ultimately to try and find steps or strategies to prevent similar events occurring in the future and look at whether anything could have been done to prevent or reduce the harm done to the child or young person. It can help to improve partnership working and can even provide examples of good practise where strategies have been successful.
Mistakes lead to new legislation, refining of legislation and procedures and ultimately a better service comes from the effective sharing of the finding of serious case reviews.
Children want and need to feel safe at all times in their lives. It is crucial to their development, and unfortunately some children do not feel safe. Others are more vulnerable due to disability or having suffered abuses. All adult’s therefore have a responsibility to protect children from harm and promote their welfare and development.
A child centred approach to learning is extremely important in helping the child engage more with their education and develop as fully as possible in a educational setting. Allowing the child to learn at their own pace in their own way can be very effective in building positive attitudes and...