Unit 007 Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
* The Education Act 2002
* Children Act 2004 (Every Child Matters)
* Children Act 1989
* Working Together to safeguard children 2006
* What to do if you’re worried that a child is being abused 2006
* Policies which safeguard
All adults that work with children have the responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children. Within every setting there is named member of staff with particular responsibility’s for safeguarding children, also known as ‘The safeguarding officer’.
All police forces have a ‘Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU)’. Their role is to make the decision whether a crime has been committed and to begin criminal investigation if so. They will gather evidence from settings or other agencies. They will take immediate action if the child in question is in danger. They will also have to attend court to give evidence if a crime has been committed.
Health professionals also have the responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children. They will carry out medical observation or examination of the child thought to be at risk of abuse. They will give detailed report of injuries which they think may be non-accidental. They will also have to give evidence in court if a crime has been committed.
Being able to identify the signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses is important but it isn’t out role to diagnose or jump to conclusions. Some of the symptoms may include:
* Is quiet or irritable.
* Loses their appetite.
* Becomes flushed or grows a rash.
* Had dark rings around eyes.
* Becomes tired or lethargic.
* Loss of colour in face.
All settings will have a main first aider. First aiders must be aware of all injuries sustained on the grounds and at home. All staff should be first aid trained and be able to deal with minor injuries and report them appropriately, using accident forms...