Develop and Implement Policies & Procedures to Support the Safe Guarding of Children and Young People
In England the law states that people who work with children have to keep them safe. This safeguarding legislation is set out in The Children Act (1989) and (2004). It also features in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (to which the UK is a signatory) and sets out the rights of children to be free from abuse. The Government also provides guidance in their document Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013.
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The agencies involved were too willing to believe Peters’ mothers account of events. They seemed to be very trusting of Peter’s mother who was reinforced by her presentation and behaviour such as; co-operating with professionals and appointments, positive response to offers of help, initiation of communications with professionals, relaying information between them. After the Baby P incident there were many things which were looked into and the agency were found to be; lacking urgency, lacking thoroughness, insufficiently challenging to the parent, lacking action in response to reasonable interface, insufficiently focussed on the child’s welfare, based on too high a threshold for intervention and based on expectations that were too low.
Overall the result of the Baby P incident meant a review on the child protection plan.
What are your roles and responsibilities for reporting information on possible abuse to a senior colleague or external agency and how and to whom should you pass on information from a child or young person’s allegations of abuse.
If any member of staff is concerned about a child he or she must inform