Guidelines, Policies And Procedures For Safeguarding Children

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Assignment 4 Question 1a (Weighting: 0) To demonstrate that you understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people, compile a folder to include the following documents: An outline of current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people. The Director of Children’s Services has the overarching responsibility for child protection but safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility and every child has a right to be kept away from harm. All of these following areas have a vital role to play: • Parents • Teachers • Teaching support staff • School parent helpers • School volunteers • Communities • Police • Local authorities • Professional/charitable organisations The ‘Teachers’ Standards 2012’ state that teachers, including head teachers, should safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties. (source: Keeping Children Safe in Education) Current Legislation In early 2000 an 8 year old girl, Victoria Climbié, died following abuse and neglect from her great-aunt, and her Aunt’s partner Carl Manning. In August 2007, a 17-month-old boy, Peter Connelly, died following abuse by his mother and two men who were living in their house. These two tragic deaths resulted in extensive public inquiries and major changes were made to the child protection laws. The

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