Outline current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people
The key pieces of legislation that support the safeguarding of children are the Children Act 1989, Children Act 2004 and the Childcare Act 2006. The Children Act 1989 set out principles to guide the work of local authorities and courts and also defined ‘significant harm’ and a child ‘in need’ of intervention. The Children Act 2004 provides the legal basis for children’s services set out in the Every Child Matters: Change for Children document. The statutory guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 sets out the key functions that our setting, has to achieve in carrying daily activities with the children so as to maximise their opportunities whilst minimising their risk. The Childcare Act 2006, however, is the first piece of legislation that is primarily concerned with Early Years and Childcare and introduces the early years foundation stage (EYFS) which supports settings in delivering high quality integrated early education.
Our settings responsibility is the welfare and well-being of all the children in their care. In order to safeguard children we comply with the local protection procedures approved by the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board and ensure that all staff are appropriately trained and that procedures are put into practice.
My manager liaises regularly with other childcare agencies, such as health visitors, the local SureStart centre, social services and Ofsted, in her role as Child Protection Liaison Officer (CPLO) to ensure that all staff are trained to recognise any signs of abuse and any concerns directed to the nursery school will then be treated with absolute confidentiality and sensitivity.
Any concern is discussed with the child (appropriate to their age) and with the parents and we would hope to get their...