Health and Safety of Children and Young People

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Support Children and Young People 's Health and Safety

This essay will provide knowledge and understanding of supporting children and young people 's health and safety. In my placement there are many policies regarding health and safety when working with children. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Act 1999 and The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 require all schools to have policies and procedures to ensure the safety of staff and children. If the policies and procedures are not in place then it is a crime. A fine can be set and in some cases an arrest can be made when an employer has suffered damages caused by failure to set the correct policies and procedures.

In my setting there is a few ways that health and safety is
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Using equipment requires supervision, playtime equipment can be a risk in a lot of way. The playtime equipment is often used in more ways than what they were created for, when children are involved. Children have a very creative imagination, a skipping rope could become many things, so the supervising member of staff needs to make sure they don 't hurt themselves or others by wrapping the rope around their necks.

The placement I am with also has a Panic Procedure in case of an unwanted circumstance. At the sound of the panic alarm, staff members should close the class door and keep the children seated. If the scenario is an angered parent on the school grounds the panic button will be pressed. It is a similar sound to the fire alarm, just a different pitch. The school makes the staff and children aware of the protocol for the Panic Procedure by doing a run through twice a year.

People in my setting are made aware of the different risks and hazards in numerous ways. One being signs. When working with children their health and safety becomes the priority, however you must keep yourself safe too. A simple, 'Mind Your Head ' sign is vital to you as hurting your head could affect your health. The sign makes you aware of this particular hazard. Another way that you are made aware of the risks and hazards is
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