Identify the Current Legislation, Guidelines, Policies and Procedures for Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People.

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Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.

These are as follows:
• Children’s act 1098/2004
• Education act 2002
• E-safety 2008
• Safeguarding
• Human rights act.
And many more.
The following is an outline of current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within the UK Home Nation for Safeguarding Children.
The United Nations Convention on the rights of a child 1989 was approved by the UK on the 16th December 1991, this includes:
• Children’s rights to protection from abuse.
• The rights to express their views and to be listened too.
• The right to care
• Services for disabled children
• Services for children living away from
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The act is important because it stresses the importance of putting the child first.
The acts states:
• What is best for the child must always be first consideration
• Whenever possible children should be brought up in their own families
• Unless the child is at risk of harm, a child should not be taken from their family without family’s agreement
• Local authorities must help families with children in need
• Local authorities must work with parents and children
• Courts must put children first when making decisions
• Children being looked after by the local authorities have rights, as do their parents.

Children’s act 2004
Lord lemmings report on the death of Victoria Climbie brought into force the children act 2004 which requires all local authorities across England and Wales to set up a local safeguarding children board. This states that each area should promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people. LSCB replaced the Area Child Protection Committees and stated all agencies should work together to protect children. An assessment is carried out annually to make sure all agencies are working to promote safeguarding and welfare of children. EVERY CHILD MATTERS.
All adults wanting to work with children whether it is paid or voluntary must be checked, commonly known has having a criminal record check which is only done by criminals record bureau.
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