Unit 7

1. Current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures.
• The children act 1989- This was bought in with the aim of simplifying the laws that protect children. They tell us what are duties are and how we should work together when child abuse is suspected.
• Working together to safeguard children- This provides guideline for professionals to help them work with children who are at a risk of harm.
• The children act 2004- the act includes: The local authorities responsibility for education and children’s services, Councillors for children’s services with responsibility for local child welfare, Local safeguarding boards that make sure education services, the police and other services work together to protect vulnerable children, an assessment framework to help agencies identify the needs of children, and revised arrangement’s for different agencies to share information.
• The vetting and barring scheme- This means that anyone who wants to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults must register with the independent safeguarding authority (ISA) The ISA checks everyone’s CRB (Criminal records bureau) before registering them.
• E-safety- Many children and young people now have access to the internet, the internet, mobile phones and video games all have a number of risks to children and young people. The Byron review (2008) reported risks to children from potentially harmful or inappropriate material on the internet and in video games and issued guidance on how the could be protected.

2. Different agencies roles involved in safeguarding children.

• Social services- They have a legal responsibility to support vulnerable children and families in need.
• Health Visitors- They have a responsibility for the health of young children and babies under 5. They provide support and guidance to the parents of young children and carry out assessments of their development.
• G.P’s- They work in the community. They are often the first people to identify...