Safeguarding of Children (Child Protection) Level 2 (VTQ)

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What is safeguarding and why do we need it

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Child Safeguarding in the UK: An Essential Guide

In England, approximately a third of the nearly 12 million children are considered vulnerable. Understanding the magnitude of child safeguarding involves considering some key statistics.

Contextualising Child Safeguarding: Statistics

  • 440,000 children, equating to 37 per 1,000, are categorised as 'in need'.
  • 58,000 children, denoted as 'looked after', are in care.
  • About 31,500 children, or five and a half per 1,000, are on the child protection register.

Legislation Supporting Child Welfare

Several legislative acts exist that safeguard children's welfare. Throughout this course, we'll focus on those relevant to the UK. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the UK in 1991, is one such pivotal regulation. It ensures children's protection from abuse, the right to express their opinions and to be heard, and access to care and services for disabled children and those living away from home. The UK Government adheres to these provisions as a guide to child protection measures.

Safeguarding Children: What Does it Entail?

Safeguarding children involves protecting them from harm, preventing their health and development from being impaired, and ensuring they grow up in an environment conducive to safe and effective care. In simple terms, it implies providing a safe, secure place for children and young people.

Roles and Responsibilities in Child Safeguarding

Child safeguarding is a responsibility for anyone with significant contact with children, spanning sectors like health, education and early years. Responsibilities include:

  • Identifying children and young people at risk of significant harm and taking necessary steps to ensure their safety.
  • Preventing unsuitable individuals from working with children and young people.
  • Promoting safe practice and challenging any poor or unsafe conduct.
  • Identifying and raising concerns about a child's welfare and taking suitable action to ensure their safety.
  • Contributing to effective partnerships aimed at improving services for children.

Support Services for Children

Every day, thousands of children in the UK confront the fear and reality of abuse. Our role is to stand against such atrocities. Services are available to support children, including social services, police and helplines like Childline. However, there may be instances where a child chooses to confide in you about their experiences. This course will delve into how you can provide help in such scenarios.