Cypcore33-1 Understand the Main Legislation, Guidelines, Policies and Procedures for Safeguarding Children and Young People.

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Current legislation, guidelines
, Policies and procedures

The following is an outline of current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures within own UK Home Nation for safeguarding children

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the
Child 1989 was approved by the UK on the 16th
December 1991. This includes:

• Children’s rights to protection from abuse
• The right to express their views and be listened to
• The right to care
• Services for disabled children
• Services for children living away from home

This convention is used as guidance and is not a part of U.K law. There is no one set legislation that covers safeguarding children and young people in the UK. There are different laws and guidelines
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Serious case reviews may also by carried out if a child is seriously harm in any of the following situations:

• A child or young person is caused a
Life- threatening injury or serious and permanent impairment of physical and mental health and development through abuse or neglect.

• A child or young person has been seriously harmed as a result of sexual Abuse.

• A parent or carer has been murdered and a domestic homicide review is being initiated under the Domestic Violence Act 2004.

• A child or young person has been seriously harmed after a violent assault by another child, young person or an adult.

Why inquiries and serious case reviews are required:

The purpose of inquiries and serious case reviews are so that professionals and organizations can learn from these cases and better safe guard children and improve the way they work individually and together.

How the sharing of the findings informs practice:

By sharing the finding on serious case reviews it helps organisations and settings learn from mistakes and find solutions to problems and help better practice in the future. By sharing findings settings can look at there own practice and make changes within the setting if necessary


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