Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

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TitleUnderstand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People Level3
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To complete this unit, you need to complete all of the questions. You may find that the key word definitions sheet helps you to understand what is expected from the questions. The evidence must be your own work and you must reference your sources where you have undertaken research-refer to policy for malpractice and plagiarism Outcome 1 – Understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people

025 1.11.1 Outline current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people.

The current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures influencing/ affecting the safeguarding of children are as follows

The Children's Act 2004- This act is a springboard for all other policies, procedures and legislations that support the safeguarding of children. The purpose of this act is to set specific guidelines and boundaries for all agencies working with/for children. It promotes the overall safety and well being of the child using The Every Child Matters initiative (2003) as a tool.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010 - This guideline affect anyone working closely with children and families in independent, voluntary and statutory sectors including Education, Health, Social Service, Police and Probation. It highlights best practise in Child Protection Procedures and Roles and Responsibilities of different agencies, practitioners and the local Safeguarding Children's Boards (LSCB's). It also stipulates the level of training required for the effective protection of children.

The Working Together guidelines were revised in 2013, they now include core legal requirements making it easier for professionals and organisations to effectively safeguard children and promote their wellbeing.

Working together 2013 replaces the policies and guidelines listed below

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010)
The Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (2000) •Statutory guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (2007)

Children and Young persons Act 2008 - The Act outlines the expectations of high quality care and services for children and young people within social services and/or the care system.

Children, Schools and Families Act 2010 - The act ensure that families are aware of and receiving the level and quality of education they are entitled to from the schools their children attend and the wider school system. it also makes provision for children with disabilities and/or special educational needs (SEN)

Human Rights Act 1998 - The act covers the rights and freedoms of all human beings. It prohibits Public Authorities acting in a manner that is incompatible with said freedoms and rights. Although children are not directly mentioned they are still covered by this act as they are seen as people within the eyes of the law.

UN Convention (UNCRC) on the rights of the child, although not legislation provides a full list of comprehensive rights ALL children should expect.

These rights include
special protection measures and assistance
access to services such as education and healthcare
develop their personalities, abilities and talents to the fullest potential •grow up in an environment of happiness, love and understanding •be informed about and participate in achieving their rights in an accessible and active manner.

Education Act 2002 - This Act Ensures that all Local Education Authorities, Further Education Institutions and Governing Bodies Safeguard and promote the welfare of every Child.

There are many more Legislations, Policies & Procedures and guidelines affecting Children today. These Acts are constantly evolving and...
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