Tda 2.2

Emma Rowlands

TDA: 2.2 safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
TASK 1 –
1.1 – Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety.
Current legislations, guidelines, policies and procedures have been put in to place to protect children and young people from all forms of abuse, ensuring that their health and well-being is paramount.
“The concept of ‘Safeguarding’, which works to protect children, has only been developed in the last 50 years” (Burnham 2010:16)
Improvements which were needed in child protection legislations became more apparent following inquiries in to the deaths of Maria Colwell in 1974 who was killed by her step father and Victoria Climbie in 2000 who was also killed by her aunt and the man she was living with. “These cases shocked the nation and showed weaknesses in procedures” (Burnham 2010:16)
Children Act 1989
The Children Act came in to force in England and Wales in 1991 and the Northern Ireland in 1996. The act was created to allow every child the right to protection from abuse and exploitation, it also identifies the responsibilities that both parents and professionals have to ensure that children are protected from harm. The central belief of the Act was that children are usually best looked after within their own families.
There are two important sections of the act which focus mainly on Child Protection.
Section 47 – “The local authority has a duty to investigate when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child who lives, or is found in their area is suffering, or likely to suffer significant harm” (Burnham 2010:16)
Section 17 – “States that services must be put in to place by local authorities to ‘safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are in need” (Burnham 2010:16)
United Nations Convention Act on the Rights of Children 1989
The UNCR is a human rights treaty, it underlines the...