Safegurding Learning Outcomes 1-4

Unit 2: Understand how to safeguard and protect children and young people in residential childcare – URN T/506/8363

  1. Understand the context of safeguarding and protection of children and young people.

      2.1 – Safeguarding is a term, which is broader than “child protection” and relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Safeguarding is defined in working together to safeguard children 2013 as:

  * Protecting children from maltreatment.
  * Preventing impairment of children’s health and development.
  * Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
  * Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Trustee’s of charities / organisations which work with vulnerable groups, including children, must always act in their best interests and ensure they take all reasonable steps to prevent harm to them. Having safeguards in place within an organisation not only protects and promotes the welfare of children but also it enhances the confidence of trustees, staff, volunteers, parents/carers and the general public.

The necessity to safeguard children applies both to charities / organisations working in the UK and other countries where children may face different or additional risks of abuse or exploitation. These safeguards should include a child protection policy and procedure for dealing with issues of concern or abuse. For the purposes of child protection legislation the term child refers to anyone up to the age of 18 years.

      2.2 – Safeguarding has broader parameters than child protection, Child protection is a part of safeguarding regulations which involves protecting children from harm or abuse, protecting children from mistreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health or development, ensuring children grow up in safe settings. Child protection is the promotion...