Nvq Level 5

Unit 7 – Understanding Safeguarding of Children and Young People for Those Working in the Adult Sector

Outcome 1 – Understand the legislation, regulations and policies that underpin the protection of vulnerable adults

1.1 – Explain the policies, procedures and practices for safe working with children and young people.

      Professionals who work with children and young people have to ensure that the welfare and protection of those in their care is always at the forefront of their practice. More than ever, professionals working in the health and social care sector are closely monitored to ensure that they maintain a professional approach to their work and that everyone in their care is fully protected.

      Safeguarding vulnerable adults is the responsibility that organisations have to make sure their staff, operations, and programmes do no harm to children and young adults, do not expose children and young adults to the risk of harm and abuse, and that any concerns the organisation has about children’s and young adult’s safety within the communities in which they work, are reported to the appropriate authorities,

  ““Do no harm” is a principle that has been used in the humanitarian sector but can equally be applied to the development field. It refers to organisations’ responsibility to minimise the harm they may be doing inadvertently as a result of their organisational activities.”

There are many pieces of legislation that provide guidelines for safeguarding children and young adults, these include:
    • Every Child Matters
    • The Children Act 2004
    • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

  “The Every Child Matters (ECM) iniative was launched in 2003 by the government, and has become one of the most far-reaching policy intiatives to be relaeased in the last ten years. Covering children and young adults up to the age of 19, or 24 for those with disabilities, it led to changes in the Children...