Identify current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures

Identify current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety. By smiles_80 Victoria Climb©’s death was largely responsible for the formation of the Every Child Matters initiative; the introduction of the Children’s Act 2004; the creation of the Contact Point project, a government database designed to hold information on all children in England; (now defunct after the coalition government of 2010 turned it of, and the creation of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner chaired by the

Children’s Commissioner for England Children’s Act 1989 The Children Act 1989 aimed to ensure that the welfare of the child was paramount, working in partnership with parents to protect the child from harm. The Act was intended to strengthen the child’s legal position; to give him/her equal rights, feelings and wishes; and to ensure children were consulted and kept informed.

Education Act 2002 The Education Act 2002 included a provision requiring school governing bodies, local education authorities and further education institutions to make arrangements to upgrade and promote the welfare of children. Children’s Act 2004 The Act aims to improve effective local working to safeguard and promote children’s wellbeing. The Act takes a child-centered approach and includes universal as well as targeted and Specialist services.

Part of the aim of integration of services, plans and information is to enable young people’s needs to be identified early to allow timely and appropriate intervention before needs become more acute. The success of local implementation will be Assessed by the achievement of the Every Child Matters outcomes for children and young people: be healthy; stay safe; enjoy and achieve; make a positive contribution; and achieve economic well-being.

Policies which safeguard The definition for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in working together to safeguard children 2013 is: Protecting children from maltreatment Preventing impairment of children’s health or development Ensuring children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

In England the law states that people who work with children have to keep them safe. This safeguarding legislation is set out in The children’s Act (1989) and (2004)let also features in the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child (to which the I-J is a signatory) and sets out the rights of children to be free from abuse.

The Government also provides guidance in their document Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 The united nations convention on the rights to the child 1989, the world’s leaders officially recognized the human rights of all children and young people under 8 by signing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child The Convention says that every child has: The right to a childhood (including protection from harm) The right to be educated (including all girls and boys completing primary school) The right to be healthy (including having clean water, nutritious food and medical care) The right to be treated fairly (including changing laws and practices that are unfair on children) The right to be heard (including considering children’s views) It’s the cost complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely- ratified international human rights treaty in history. All UN member states except for the United States, South Sudan and Somalia have approved the Convention.

The I-J signed it on 19 April 1990 and ratified it on 16 December 1991. It came into force in the UK on 15 January 1992. Working together to safeguard children (2010) This is guidance which sets out the duties of organization and how they must work together to safeguard children and young people. What to do if you’re worried a child s being abused (2006) Children and young people often don’t tell about abuse because they have been threatened into keeping silent or made to feel ashamed and guilty. They may be afraid of what will happen to their family, or that no-one will believe them. Remember, 0 Children and young people have a right to be safe. They shouldn’t feel they have to deal with abuse on their own. 0 They should tell a person they can trust, such as a parent, teacher, relative or friend, if they are being abused in any way, even if they are worried about what might happen next. E-Safety The growth of different electronic media is everyday life and an ever developing variety of devices including PC’s, tablets, laptops, mobile phones, websites etc place an additional risk on our children. Internet chat rooms, discussions forums or social networks can all be used as a means of contacting children and young people with a view to Grooming them for inappropriate or abusive relationship.

The anonymity of the internet allows adults, often pretending to be children, to have conversations with children and in some cases arrange to meet them. Schools can help protect themselves by making it clear to pupils, staff and visitors that the use of school equipment for inappropriate reasons is “unauthorized” and ensure an Acceptable Use Policy is in place. E-Safety training is an essential element of staff induction and part of an ongoing COP programmer. However, schools should be aware that a disclaimer is not sufficient to protect a school from a claim of personal injury and the school needs to ensure that all reasonable actions have been taken and measures put in place to protect users.

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