Current Legislation, Guidelines And Policies Inform Safeguarding

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Current legislation, guidelines and policies inform safeguarding practices and outlines responsibilities for all practitioners.
Children Act 1989
Allocates duties to local authorities, courts, parents and other agencies in the UK to ensure children are safeguarded and their welfare is promoted. It focuses on the idea that children are best cared for by their own families, however it also makes provisions for parents and families who do not cooperate with the professional bodies.
The Data Protection Act 1989
All those involved with children are likely to hold personal information about them, including sensitive personal data. This legal act covers how personal information is to be protected and not disclosed randomly. Professionals can
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Everybody who works with children is responsible for them.
Every Child Matters 2004
For children and young people there are five outcomes that are key to their wellbeing in childhood and later life, these outcomes are staying safe, healthy, economic wellbeing, enjoying and achieving, positive contribution (SHEEP).
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
This programme was designed to work across all governmental departments and was to solve the failures identified in the 2004 Birchard Inquiry that arose from the murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells known as the Soham murders of 2002. This inquiry leads to the introduction of the CRB Disclosure (now known as the DBS).
The Childcare Act 2006
Following the death of Peter Connelly (baby P), a 17 month old baby who died in London after sustaining more than 50 injuries, over an eight month period. The child protection services and other agencies widely failed him which lead to the introduction of The Childcare Act 2006. This was the first law fully pledged to the care of early years. This introduced Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old. All schools and Ofsted register providers adhere to the guidelines set in the EYFS.
Children and Young Person Act 2008
Following the death of Khyra Ishaq, a seven year old girl, who at the
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