Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
In order to the process of safeguarding in supporting teaching and learning in schools, it is important at the outset to clarify what safeguarding means exactly, and its difference from the idea of child protection: safeguarding also includes promoting their welfare. The statutory definition of safeguarding, and the promoting of welfare includes protecting children from maltreatment, preventing the impairment of children’s health and development, safe environment provision with effective care and positive enhancement of children’s optimum life changes.
Safeguarding requires the practitioner to accept their role and involvement in activities such as:-
Specific action to identify and protect children at risk of suffering significant harm.
Activities directly designed to identify and support children who are vulnerable to poor outcomes and life circumstances.
Seeking ways to improve the general health and wellbeing of all children
In order for the practitioner to understand the full implications of safeguarding, it is important to be aware of one’s role, responsibilities and the understanding of the relevant safeguarding legislation, policies and procedures that apply to their role in the school. Recent legislation has been enacted in response to high profile cases such as the death of Maria Colwell (1973) and Victoria Climbie (2000).
Children’s Act 1989
This Act identifies the responsibilities of parents and professionals who must ensure the safety of the child. Section 47 sets out the duty of responsibility of the Local Authority to investigate suspicion of child suffering or significant harm. Section 17 requires there to be services to be put in place in the area to promote the welfare of children and safeguard those in need.
The Education Act 2002
Legislates for the responsibilities of LEA’s, head teachers and all those working in schools to ensure child welfare.
Children Act 2004...