Guidelines, Policies And Procedures Within England Affecting The Safeguarding Of Children And Young People

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Unit 2.

Assessment Criteria 2.1.1.
Outline current legislation. Guidelines, policies and procedures within England affecting the safeguarding of children and young people.

The Children Act of 1989 introduced comprehensive and wide reaching changes to the legislation in England and Wales, which directly affected the wellbeing and welfare of children and young people. It remains an important piece of legislation as it’s main focus is safeguarding children and the roles and responsibilities of the local authorities.
The Every Child Matters Guidelines led to the Children Act of 2004, a revision of The Children Act 1989, as a direct result of the death of Victoria Climbe`, and the manner in which this was handled.
108 recommendations for change to the piece of legislation were made in order to improve child protection and safeguarding within the United Kingdom. The 5 main recommendations were, a closer working relationship between all agencies working with children and young people, a central database of all children and to which agencies they are known, an independent children’s commissioner to protect the rights of children and young people, a child and families board chaired by a government minister, and finally OFSTED will set up a framework, which will monitor all children centric services.
The United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child essentially states that children and young people have the same rights as every other human being, be that civil, cultural,…

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