Unit 007 Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People

Unit 007 Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and
Young People

1. Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety
Safeguarding means to ‘protect from harm or damage with an appropriate measure’.
The concept of safeguarding, which works to protect children, has only
been developed in the last 50 years. The need for improved legislation
has been highlighted by high-profile cases, such as Victoria Climbié in 2000 and Vanessa George 2009 etc.
These cases shocked the nation and showed weaknesses in procedure, therefore promoting the quality of new and better procedures to safeguard children.
An example of this is ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the
Child 1989’ This treaty sets out the rights and freedoms of all children in a set of 54
articles. Included in those rights are those which ensure that children are
safe and looked after. Article 19 states children’s rights to be ‘protected
from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect
or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation including sexual
abuse by those looking after them’. Those countries which signed up to
the Treaty, including the UK in 1991, are legally bound to implement
legislation which supports each of the articles.
Anoother policy to help safe guard children is the ‘Children Act 1989’.
This Act identifies the responsibilities of parents and professionals who
must work to ensure the safety of the child. This Act includes two
important sections which focus specifically on child protection.
The ‘Children Act 2004’ provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters. It includes the requirement for services to work more closely, forming an integrated service a ‘common’ assessment of children’s needs. A shared database of information which is relevant to the safety and welfare of children. Earlier support for parents who are...