Children 's Act Of 1984 And The Children Act

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In recent times safeguarding of children has once again come under spotlight with cases such as Madline McKan and the horrific murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells. Prior to this the Children’s act of 1984 and updated 2004 version highlighted that all professionals have an obligation to report suspected abuse. There was a public inquiry in 2000 to address the failure of the law which was not upholding the protection of vulnerable children. There was changes to the legislation and the government set up The Every Child Maters (ECM) initiative. This works in line with current legislation Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006 Act. This Act authorised guidance on how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004. All organisations must have the succeeding policies and procedures:

• Child protection
• Health and safety
• Risk assessment

In each workplace there are child protection policy and procedures that set out the settings Safe working practices. As one of the past critics according to Laming inquiry is that professionals do not understand each other’s roles and did not work together in a multi-disciplinary manner. This term makes reference to how practitioners work to protect children and to protect themselves from accusations of abuse.

Top responsibilities of settings consist of:
• Choosing a named senior member of staff to…
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