1.1 Outline the current legislation that underpins the safeguarding of children and young people within own UK Home Nations.

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Develop and implement policies and procedures to support the safeguarding of children and young people.

Understand the impact of current legislation that underpins the safeguarding of children and young people.

1.1 Outline the current legislation that underpins the safeguarding of children and young people within own UK Home Nations.

There is no one piece of legislation that underpins the safeguarding of children and young people in the United Kingdom but there are countless that are constantly being reviewed, changed or updated. From these many legislations, child care settings develop policies, according to the Oxford online dictionary a policy is ‘A course or principle of action adopted or proposed by an organisation or individual’.
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It is a criminal offence for an employer to not complete the CRB process on an employee. It is also a criminal offence to employ an individual they know is inappropriate to work with children, young people or vulnerable people. This act is updated in the ‘Protection of Children’s Act 1999’ and the ‘Criminal Justice and Court Service Act 2000’. The latter contains the list of convictions which bars individuals from working with children, young people and vulnerable people.

The ‘Children’s Act 2004’ was continuously updated and developed into the ‘Children’s Act 2006’. This act states that all settings have to follow the Early Years Framework Stages (which were renewed in 2012). The Early Years Framework Stages (EYFS) is aimed to fulfil the five aims of ‘every child matters’ and the previous children’s act of 2004. The intentions are to achieve these aims by setting standards, promote equal opportunities and through a framework of partnerships, improve quality and consistency and lay secure foundation for all learning and development, present and future. By improving the quality the service and experiences are improved for all children and families. Safeguarding children is a vital part of improving all childcare services/settings.

‘Working together to safeguard children’ 2006 (updated 2010, 2013) is a guidance that

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