Understand How to Safe Guard the Well-Being of Children and Young People.

Understand how to safe guard the well-being of children and young people.

Task 1 An outline of current legislation. Guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK home nation affecting the safeguarding of children & young people.

The children's act 1989 introduced many changed to legislation in England & Wales on the welfare of children. Its main aims were:
Achieve a balance between protecting children & the rights of parents to challenge state intervention.
Encourage partnership between statutory authorities & parents
Restructure the framework of the courts, in particular with regard to family proceedings
Redefine the concept of parental responsibility

Every child matters guidelines (children act 2004) main points:
There should be a much closer working relationship between agencies such as health professionals, schools & welfare services
There should be a central database containing records of all children & whether they are known to different services
There should be an independent children's commissioner for England to protect children & young peoples rights
There should be a children's & families board, chaired by a senior government minister
Ofsted will set a framework which will monitor children's services

The Children Act 2004 required that these recommendations became a legal requirement.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) (UNCRC), the UNCRC is an international human rights treaty which sets out the rights of all children to be treated equally. Under the treaty there is a list of rights to which every child under the age of 18 should be entitled. These include the full range of human rights- civil, cultural, economic, social & political- through articles such as:
The right to services such as education & health care
The right to grow up in an environment of happiness, love & understanding
The right to develop their personalities, abilities & talents to their own potential
the right to special...