Unit 025

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

Policies and procedures are put into place for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people these include –

The Children’s Act 1989 – this act aimed to simplify the laws that protected Children and young people. Parents and Professionals must work together to ensure the safety of a child. The Authorities have a duty to investigate any allegations made of child abuse.
England and Wales produced separate documents Working Together to Safeguard Children (1999) – which emphasised the responsibilities of the professionals towards the children who are at risk of significant harm.

Children Act 2004 – By 2003 it was still clear that the services for children were not working together to protect children in society.   This was highlighted by the Victoria Climbie case, resulting in an independent inquiry into her death.

This also provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters.

The main features of the Act included:
• The integration of children’s services and introduction of children’s directors with responsibility for local authority education and children’s social services.
• Lead councillors for children’s services with political responsibility for local child welfare.
• A new Common Assessment Framework to assist agencies in identifying welfare needs.
• Revised arrangements for sharing information.
• The establishment of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) with statutory powers to ensure that social services, the NHS, education services, the police and other services work together to protect vulnerable children.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006 - This policy sets out the duties of organisations and how they must work together to safeguard children and young people. It also reflects the changes to Safeguarding practice in recent years.
In the four nations...