Policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people are -

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 - which ensure that children are safe and looked after, children have the right to be protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect, negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation including sexual abuse by those looking after them.

Children Act 1989 - Parents and professionals must work to ensure the safety of the child. Local Authority has ‘a duty to investigate when there is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

The Education Act 2002 - This sets out the responsibilities of Local Education Authorities (LEAs), Governing bodies, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure that children are safe and free from harm.

Children Act 2004 - This provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters. It includes the requirement for: Services to work more closely, forming an integrated service.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006 - This sets out the duties of organisations and how they must work together to safeguard children and young people.
1.1 outline current legislations guidelines, policies and procedures within oen uk home national affecting the safeguard

The UNCRC - the united nations convention on the rights of the child page on silkysteps containing links to other resources.

Depending where in the UK you are the early years framework for your home nation will vary. The introduction it contains will help to source relevant quotes and links for further research.

England: eyfs
Wales: Foundation Phase
Northern Ireland: Foundation stage
Scotland: Pre-birth to three and curriculum for excellence

The children's act 1989 legislates for England and Wales

The Childrens act 2004 puts in place ..
-- A children's commissioner for England
-- A director for...