2.2/1.1 Identify the Current Legislation, Guidelines, Policies and Procedures for Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People, Including E-Safety.

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Safeguarding is the term that has replaced the term Child Protection. It includes promoting children’s safety and welfare as well as protecting children when abuse happens. It has only been developed in the past 50 years, and the need for improved legislation has been highlighted by cases such as Maria Colwell (1973) and Victoria Climbie (2000) as these cases showed weaknesses in procedures.
The United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (1989) is an international human rights treaty that grants all children a comprehensive set of rights. The convention has 54 articles and it sets out in detail what every child needs to have for a safe, happy and fulfilled childhood. Article 19 states children’s rights to be ‘protected from all
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The Guidance was revised after Lord Lamings report, The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report, in March 2009, and published in 2010.
What to do if you are worried a child is being abused (2006) provides best practice guidance for those who work with children in order to safeguard their welfare. It also contains an appendix to help practitioners with the legal issues affecting the sharing of information. The guidance provides general information for anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and families, focusing particularly on those who work in social care, health, education and criminal justice services.
Addressing issues affecting each of these target audiences, the document outlines: * what you should do if you have concerns about a child's welfare * what will happen once you have informed someone about those concerns * what further contribution you may be asked or expected to make to the processes of assessment, planning, working with children, and reviewing that work.
The guidance is accompanied with flowcharts following the procedure from referral, initial assessment, emergency action that might need to be taken, through to what happens after a strategy discussion and child protection review conference.

Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (2007) sets out the responsibilities of all local authorities, schools and Further Education (FE) colleges in England to safeguard and

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