Unit 2 – Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
There a different various guidelines, policies, procedures and legislation set in place to ensure the safety and welfare of children and young people, in school, at home and online.
One piece of legislation is the Children Act of 1989. This act is in place to ensure that every child and their family has the needed support from local authorities and protect children who may be suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm. The main focus of the act is to bring together private and public law into one framework, achieve a better balance between protecting children and enabling parents to challenge state intervention and encourage greater partnership between statutory authorities and parents.
Another is the Education Act of 2002. It is a substantial and important piece of legislation intended to raise standards, promote innovation in schools and reform education law. It also grants high-achieving schools more flexibility in the control of certain areas, such as teachers’ pay and conditions. This also 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.
The final piece of legislation I’m going to talk about is the Children Act of 2004. This provides the legal framework for Every Child Matters. This Act's ultimate purpose is to make the UK better and safer for children of all ages. The idea behind the Act is to promote (co-ordination) between multiple official entities to improve the overall well-being of children. The 2004 Act also specifically provided for including and affecting disabled children.
Alongside these pieces of legislation, there are also policies and procedures set in place in order to help and control bully/cyber bullying, e-safety and general safeguarding. By law, all state schools must have a behaviour policy in place that includes measures to...