Level 5 Health and Social Care

Bronwen Dalton/ unit 516
Understand safeguarding of children and young people (for those working in the adult sector)
Outcome 1
Understand the policies, procedures and practices for safe working with children and young people
      1.1 Explain the policies, procedures and practices for safe working with children and young people
The All Wales Child Protection Procedures, review group have updated the procedures on behalf of local safeguarding children’s boards in Wales. The 2007 All Wales Child Protection Procedures replace the procedures from 2002, this is because they need to include recommendations from the Victoria Climbie inquiry report; The Children’s Act 2004; and the accompanying guidance, Safeguarding Children: working together under the Children Act 2004.
The All Wales Children Protection Procedures review group, realises the importance of making regular updates due to changes having to be made in the future.
The procedures help put in place good standards for child protection practices to be issued in every local safeguarding children’s boards. They provide a framework for each child protection referral. They are an important part of the driving force in the promotion of safeguarding and the welfare of children. The carrying out of procedures can only be of effect when good practice is being supported. Safeguarding practices in the past were mainly applied to children and young people who were under the age of 18, but because of certain areas of legislation, they now are incorporating similar standards of protection to adults who are vulnerable.
There are many legislations and regulatory bodies giving professional guidance for safe working with children and young people, below are some of them:
  * The Children Act (1989)
  * The Data Protection Act (1998)
  * The Protection of Children Act (1999)
  * The Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice (DH 2007), this covers young people who are 16 or over
  * The Children’s act (every child...