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Safeguarding of adults and children have similarities, however there is a different approach when it comes to mental capacity. There is a presumption of capacity in adults and incapacity of children. Current principals of safeguarding of children are based on legislation that was established in 1989

    • Children act 1989

    • Every child matters 2003

    • Children act 2004

    • Safeguarding disabled children 2009

    • The children’s plan 2007

    • Munro report 2011

    • Safeguarding children across services 2012

    • Working together to safeguard children 2013

Children act 1989

The act provides a general duty on local authorities to safeguard children in their area and to promote their being brought up by their families.   It also makes provision for instances when parents and families do not cooperate with the statutory bodies.

Every child matters 2003

This is a government initiative and is set up partly in response to the death of Victoria Climbie who was a child who suffered appalling abuse from the people closest to her and eventually died. This policy covers children and young adults up to the age of 19, or 24 for those with disabilities. Its aim is for every child, regardless of their background or circumstances to have the support they need to stay safe, enjoy and achieve, be healthy, make a positive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing.   These outcomes have frame work attached, which require different agencies working in partnership. These agencies may include children social work services, early year’s schools, children centres, health services, child and adult mental health services.

Children act 2004

This act provides the legal basis for how social services and other agencies deal with issues relating to children. These guidelines have been laid down so that all individuals who are involved in looking after children are aware of how children should be looked after in the eyes of the law.

The children’s...