The Importance of Safeguarding Children and Young People

Task sheet on CYP 3.3  
2.1 Explain the importance of safeguarding children and young people.
,Safeguarding children and young people is everybody’s responsibility.   It should be a concern of the whole community and all public services, not just ones providing directly to children and young people.  
Children and young adults are vulnerable and easily susceptible to serious harm if appropriate action for their safety is not taken. They do not yet have the physical and mental ability developed enough to care for themselves and need appropriate care and protection from adults around them.  
Health professionals and social care workers have a duty of care towards children under their care and as such they should do everything they can to keep the children and young adults safe from harm.
The younger the child is, the more vigilant the carer should be and the greater the duty of care is.   This should continue until the child has the ability to anticipate and deal with potential dangers, has a more robust immune system, has empathy for others, and has communication skills developed enough to be able to articulate harm to themselves carried out be others.
2.2 Explain the importance of a child or young person centred approach.
This approach gives a lot of importance to notion that “children need to be protected, loved, cared, nurtured and protected from the adult world” (Internet).
This approach enables the child to learn in a safe and fun 0environment to reach their goals and to focus on their individual needs which increases self-esteem and self-confidence.
Child centered approach is also taken in nurseries, schools and colleges with young adults.   The advantages are that the learning is focused on the child’s needs, abilities, interests and learning styles with the teacher giving gentle guidance and encouragement rather than directing the learning process.
This type of learning is an important part of the child’s education as it encourages children to...