Unit 208 Emergency Situations

202.1.1 Identify the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people

The childrens act covers England and Wales and came about after the government asked Lord Lamming to introduce new legislation and guidance to improve the child protection system following the death of Victoria Climbie in 2000. It is one of the most important policies in relation to children and children services to have been introduced in the last 15 years. The response from the government was keeping children safe report. (DfES, DH and Home Office, 2003) and the Every child matters green paper (DfES, 2003) and it was these papers that lead to the childrens act 2004. The act provides a legal basis for how social services and other agencies deal with issues relating to children up to the age of 19, or 24 for those with disabilities. There have been some guidelines set down to help those involved in looking after children in how the children should be looked after in the eyes of the law. A helpful acronym to remember is SHEEP- every child shall be Safe, Healthy, Enjoy/ achieve, Economic and Positive contribution. Working in a school there will be different ways in which I can contribute to supporting the children in these 5 guidelines.
Every child matters guidelines     | How I can contribute as a TA     |
Stay safe-     Keep safe from accidental injury and death     Keep safe from bullying and discrimination.     Keep safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation.     |     I will comply with legislation on safeguarding and know the possible signs of abuse and know other policies such as first aid, as a qualified first aider registered with the school I can ensure the childs safety after an accident by administering the correct first aid and other health and safety at work policies by keeping the children safe from injury by reporting anything that is broken or damaged i.e. faulty lighting, leaking toilets, broken chairs...