Unit 4-Develop and Implement Policies and Procedures to Support the Safeguarding of Children and Young People

Unit 4-Develop and implement policies and procedures to support the safeguarding of children and young people.
1.1-The Children Act 2004
The Children Act 2004 provides the legal basis for how social services and other agencies deal with issues relating to children. These guidelines have been laid down so that all individuals who are involved in the looking after children, be it in the home, the work place, school or other locale are aware of how children should be looked after in the eyes of the law.
Principles of the Act
The Children Act 2004 was designed with guiding principles in mind for the care and support of children.
These are:
• To allow children to be healthy
• Allowing children to remain safe in their environments
• Helping children to enjoy life
• Assist children in their quest to succeed
• Help make a contribution – a positive contribution – to the lives of children
• Help achieve economic stability for our children’s futures
This act was brought into being in order for the government in conjunction with social and health service bodies to help work towards these common goals.
The Children Act 2004 provides the legal underpinning to 'Every Child Matters: Change for Children' (2004). In response to the Children Act 2004 there have been some structural changes. From April 2006, education and social care services for children in each local authority have been brought together under a director of children's services.
Childcare Act 2006
The Childcare Act is a pioneering piece of legislation. It is the first ever act to be exclusively concerned with early years and childcare. The act will help transform childcare and early years services in England for generations to come, taking forward some of the key commitments from the Ten Year Childcare Strategy, published in December 2004.
Measures in the act formalise the important strategic role local authorities play through a set of new duties. These duties will require authorities to:
• Improve...