Teaching Assistant Diploma Level 3 Assignment 4

Assignment 4
Q1.   Explain the legal responsibilities of the school relating to the duty of care and the welfare of the child.
All adults that work with children or young people have a legal responsibility to protect them.   In the children’s act 1989 the welfare of the child is vital.   It acts as a guideline for schools, local authorities and courts which must follow in order to protect children.   In a school, there should be a senior member of staff whose sole responsibility is for child protection.   They will be aware of what children are on the child protection register and any other agencies involved with the child.   This person should also know the boundaries of confidentiality and be fully trained in child protection in order to give guidance and advise to other members of staff when needed.   Guidelines indicate that the designated member of staff should not be responsible for more than 250 pupils.   Some schools, due to the large amounts of children tend to have 2 designated people.   All allegations should be taken seriously and the child involved should be told that the information cannot be kept confidential and must be passed on the designated staff member.   It is vital that any staff member immediately makes a written report of the conversation.   They must include dates, times, names of the people involved, nature of abuse and if any injuries have been seen.   The designated member of staff will then contact social services by phone and then confirm in writing, which should be signed and dated.   Policies and procedures should be made available to all parents/carers in order for them to understand the schools role in safeguarding children.   According to the children’s act 2004 every child should be given the opportunity to achieve five outcomes described in “Every Child Matters green paper”
- Be Healthy
- Stay Safe
- Enjoy and Achieve
- Make a positive Contribution
- Achieve economic well-being
The Every Child Matters agenda was brought about because...