The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)
Children’s Act 1989
• This act ensures that both parents and professionals must work collectively to help keep children safe. Section 47 and Section 17 focus exclusively on child protection . Section 47 ensures that local authority should investigate when there is reason to believe a child may be “suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm”. Section 17 ensures that there are services which help “safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in need”.
The Education act 2002
• This act ensures that the Local Education Authorities (LEAs) , governing bodies, head teachers and others who work in a school are responsible for all children in school are kept safe and free of harm.
Children’s act 2004
• This act presents the legal framework for Every Child Matters. This act ensures that there is a “shared database of information” which involves the safety and welfare of children. This act guarantees that schools must have policies and procedures which safeguard the safety, security and well-being of their students. For example, the policies set in place for e-safety and making sure pupils are being safe when using the internet.
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2006)
• This guideline ensures the responsibility of organizations and making sure children and young people are kept safe by working collectively.
What to do if you’re worried that a child is being abused (2006)
• This guidance assists those who work with children to keep them safe and promote their welfare, and helps those decide how to deal with conditions where adults who work with children and young people are worried.