Understand How to Safeguard the Well Being of Children and Young People

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To demonstrate that you understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people, compile a folder to include the following documents:
Question 1a (Weighting: 0)
An outline of current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people.
Any individual who comes into contact with children in their daily line of work “has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”. Safeguarding means protecting and promoting a child’s welfare and putting measures in place to prevent abuse. Child protection is protecting a child where there is reason to believe that the child has suffered or are likely to suffer as a result of abuse.

There are many laws that protect the welfare and safeguarding of children.

The Children Act 1989 introduced legislation relating to the welfare of children.
The local authority has welfare of duty to protect children in their area and work in partnership with parents to ensure the child gets the best possible care. It still continues to be an important piece of legislation.
Main duties/principles of the Children Act 1989
  * Under the Children Act 1989, Local Authorities, have a general duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are “in need.” (see definition in subsection below)
  * Local Authorities must assess a child's needs and promote the upbringing of children by their own families (providing it if safe to do so).
  * Local Authorities should work in partnership with parents.
  * The Local Authority will only seek a Court order when compulsory action is in the best interest of the child. The Court will only make an order if it is better for the child than making no order.
  * The child’s welfare is paramount and...