1.2. Describe the Roles of Different Agencies Involved in Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People.

Unit 1
Know about the legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for
safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety.

All children deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential. The Every
Child Matters Green Paper was published by the Government in 2003. The
Green Paper, used alongside the formal response to the report into the death
of Victoria Climbié set out five outcomes for the well being of children and
young people. These outcomes are:

Be healthy

Stay safe

Enjoy and achieve

Make a positive contribution

Achieve economic well being

In order to achieve these outcomes children need to feel loved and valued.
They need support from trusted and reliable sources.
It has now been established, by law, that children have rights, and this has
been made clear by the introduction of The Children Act 2004 which sets out
that children have a right to basic standards of care, nurture and upbringing.
The emphasis heavily states that parents have responsibilities for their
children and not rights over them. In addition to this Act the United Kingdom
signed the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child in 1991 and
this convention sets out three main rights that children are entitled to have
taken into account when decisions are being made about them.


These rights are:

Best interests


Views of the child

Best interests
Any decisions made by either adults or organisations concerning a child must
be made in a manner which considers the best outcome for that child.
This covers equality and ensures that all children, regardless of their race,
religion, language, disability, family background etc. is treated fairly.
Views of the child
This ensures that children have the right to an opinion on any matters which
directly affect them.

A number of additional...