Outline Current Legislation, Guidelines, Policies and Procedure Within Own Uk Home Nation Affecting the Safeguarding of Children and Young People

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1.1 Outline current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedure within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people.

Any individual who comes into contact with children in their daily line of work “has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.
Safeguarding means protecting and promoting the child’s welfare and putting measure in place to prevent abuse. Child protection is protecting a child where there is reason to believe that the child has suffered or are likely to suffer as a result of abuse.

There are many laws that protect the welfare and safeguarding of children.

The Children Act 1989
The local authority has a welfare of duty to protect children in their area and work
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It emphasises the important principles to be followed when working with children and young people: settings must provide a safe and secure environment, if any children are identified as suffering from abuse or likely to suffer the appropriate action must be taken.

What to do if you’re Worried a Child is Being Abused (DfES 2003)
This helps practitioner’s work together for the welfare of children. It promotes the Every Child Matters outcomes to reinforcing how important it is for all child careers to work together.

United Nations Convention in the Rights of the Child 1989
This legislation states the rights the child has and what the Government must do to protect their rights. For example every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to develop their physical, mental and social needs and the Government must provide extra money for families in need if their standard of living is below par.

The Human Rights Act 1998
This act protects all of us. Its protects us against torture or inhumane treatment, forced labour, discrimination (everyone is equal) among other things. Any public authority who disregards this rights are doing so unlawfully.
Through this Act some key provisions introduced; Children’s Trusts were created, Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) were set up and all agencies had a duty to safeguard and promote child

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