3.1 Explain why it is important to ensure children and young people are protected from harm within the work setting.
It is important to ensure children and young people are protected from harm within the setting, as the parents are leaving their children in your care with the expectation that they can trust you and your colleagues to keep their children from harm. It is difficult for parents to leave their children in an education or care setting and then go to work; they need to be confident that their children will be in safe supportive hands with people that will help them develop.
3.2 Explain policies and procedures that are in place to protect children and young people and adults who work with them.
Any…show more content… - approach your supervisor, manager or safeguarding named person. - tell someone about your concerns as soon as you feel you can. - put your concerns in writing, outlining the background and history, giving names, dates and places where you can. - make sure something happens.
Whistle blowing does take courage. There is the risk of being bullied or harassed as a result, but anyone who whistle blows has the right to protection from the person they have raised concerns about. If you suffer as a result of a whistle blowing incident the UK Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 offers legal protection.
3.4 Explain how practitioners can take steps to protect themselves within their everyday practice in the work setting and on off site visits. A significant element of a practitioner’s role in protecting themselves would be to read policies and procedures that are put in place to safeguard them and children or young people in their care. In a care setting a professional can protect themselves by: - Avoid being alone in a closed room with a child. - Two members of staff must be present if a child needs to be undressed in the event of an accident. - If a child is collected late by a parent/carer then two staff members must stay until the child is collected. - Always be seen to be working in an open and transparent way where there is either visual access or an open door, especially in one to one situations. - Avoid