understand safeguarding for children and young people

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Unit 16 Code p5 Understand safeguarding of children and young people

1. Understand policy, procedures and practices for safe working with children and young people. 1:1 Explain policies, procedures and practises for safe working with children and young people.

In order to ensure the safety of the children and young people in our care there are a number of policies, procedures and practices that must be adhered to.
Policies are documents within the work place put together, influenced by law, by the manager. The policy will be designed around an area of practice that needs to be evidenced as being in line with law. The document gives a list of procedures for carrying out the task required,
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There may be developmental delays due to a failure to thrive and grow, although this will only be evident if the child thrives when away from the circumstances in which they are being abused. A child may appear well cared for however is being taunted, put down or belittled. They may receive little to no love, affection or attention. Potential signs of emotional abuse can be neurotic behaviour e.g. sulking, hair twisting, rocking. Being unable to play, fear of making mistakes, sudden speech disorders, self harm, fear of parents being approached regarding their behaviour, developmental delay in terms of emotional progress.
Sexual abuse is usually identified by disclosure to. Recognising potential signs of abuse with in the child’s behaviour is essential. Physical signs include pain or itching in the genital area, bruising or bleeding near genital area, sexually transmitted disease, vaginal discharge or infection, stomach pains, discomfort when sitting or walking, pregnancy. Changes in behaviour which can indicate sexual abuse include, sudden or unexplained changes in behaviour e.g. becoming aggressive or withdrawn, fear of being left with specific person or group of people, nightmares, running away, sexual knowledge beyond their age, sexual drawings or language, saying they have a secret they cannot talk about, not allowed to have friends, acting in a sexually explicit way towards adults.
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