Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

CYP Core 3.3: Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people

  1. Understand the main legislation, guidelines policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people.

      2.1 Outline the current legislation guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation affecting the safeguarding of children and young people.

  * UNCR: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)
This is a set of 54 articles and sets out the rights and freedoms of all children. One of those rights is that all children are safe and looked after. The UK is just one of the countries that signed up to the UNCR Treaty in 1991 and are legally bound to employ the legislation in these articles.
  * Children Act (1989)
This act stipulates that parents and professionals must work to ensure the safety of the child.   There are two sections which have the emphasis on child protection.
Section 47 states that the Local Authority has ‘a duty to investigate when there is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm’.
Section 17 states that services must be put into place to ‘safeguard and promote the welfare of children within the area who are in need’. (Burnham, 2010)
  * The Protection of Children Act 1999
This is 2 lists of people who are considered not appropriate to work with children or young or vulnerable people, The Department of Education list and the Department of Health list.   The Criminals Record Bureau, CRB, is the point where you can access the names on these lists. The Independent Safeguarding Authority merged with the CRB and formed the DBS, Disclosure and Barring Service.
  * The Education Act 2002
This sets out the responsibilities of Local Education Authorities (LEAs), Governing bodies, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure that children are safe and free from harm.
  * Children Act (2004)
This provides the legal framework for...