Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
Understand the importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people
1. Explain the importance of safeguarding children and young people
All practitioners have a duty to ensure the safety of children in their care. Children (in most cases) are unable to tell anyone if they are being abused, either out of fear, shame or because they are too young. Some children may even not realise that what is happening to them is wrong or any different to what happens to everyone else. Three quarters of sexually abused children under the age of 16 do not tell anybody what was happening to them at the time and a third still had not …show more content…
Where it has been identified that a child is at risk or suffering from abuse or neglect multiple professionals will be involved in the identification or after care.
Social services are called upon when there is suspicion a child is being abused or neglected. They must keep a close eye on the families involved and keep records of their findings. When necessary they also make the decision as to whether the child should be removed from their carer in order to protect them. Where possible they try to keep the families together for the welfare of the child – they must decide whether the risk or harm of the child is greater than the emotional trauma of removing them from their families. They try to help and support families and guide them in how to properly provide for the child’s needs. Social services work sensitively with parents whilst ensuring the child is protected.
Health visitors focus on the health and development of children up to the age of 5. As they visit children in the family home it is relatively easy to notice where a family is struggling or any environmental concerns in the home. They provide guidance and support for families – this is especially beneficial to