Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people.
1.1 Out Line the Current Legislation, Guidelines, Policies and Procedures Within Own UK Home Nation Affecting the Safeguarding of Children and Young People.
In modern times you would think that children would not be subject to being harmed, hurt or in risk of being abused. Unfortunately this is sadly not the case and regardless to age, race, gender, religion or ethnicity children from all round the UK are very much being hurt upon a daily basis.
Everyone, not only people to whom work within the children's sector's, share a responsibility for the safeguarding and well being of all children within our society. Whether the child is a child to whom we work with or the child next door, we all must ensure that these children are kept safe and free from harm.
The safeguarding legislation to which we work with in the UK today comes from the original 1989 Children Act. And the revised 2004 Act. Also included is the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child which states that children have the right to be free from harm and abuse. Guidance for the safeguarding legislation also comes from the more recent document Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013.
Government guidelines states that safeguarding means:
Children shall be protected from maltreatment.
Preventive impairment of children's health care or development.
To ensure that children grow up in circumstances to which are consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
To take action that enables all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
It also points out the action that we all need to take that promotes the well fare of children and protect them from harm including the help and support individual children who need additional help, in which case every day matters..... and the actions taken by professionals to meet these needs as early as possible which is...