Qcf Ccld L3 Unit 25 Safeguarding Children (Ni Context)

Unit 025 Understand How to Safeguard the Well-being of Children and Young People

Outcome 1 Understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people.


There are many pieces of legislation and local policy which inform my practice regarding safeguarding children.   I have picked the most relevant out and described them below.

UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child)

The UK and Republic of Ireland signed this human rights treaty in 1989.   It sets out forty two rights which children can reasonably expect to attain if they live in a country which has signed the convention.   The country then has to work towards put policy in place that supports children’s rights.   The rights range from what seems simple and obvious such as the right to a name to more complex ideas such as the right to choose and practice your religion and the right to have and express your own opinion.  

When a member state (of the United Nations) signs the agreement they are then expected to report to the UN every five years on their progress to achieving the rights for all children.   Only two UN member states (USA, Somalia) have not yet signed the UNCRC which makes it the most widely agreed upon of all the Human Rights treaties.

I have listed some of the articles below and the relevance to practice.

• Article 19: children have the right to be protected from all forms of
physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment,
maltreatment or exploitation including sexual abuse by those looking after them. This means I must adhere to safeguarding polices and inform managers of any concerns I have.

• Article 12:   a child who is capable of forming his/her own views should be assured the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, these views being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.   This relates to working in...