Understanding How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

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Assignment 026
Understanding How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
Task C

Unfortunately every child has the possibility to be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused. Safeguarding is our way to ensure that all children are allowed to grow up in a safe environment, protect them from ill treatment, harm and any factors that may impact on their safety and wellbeing.
“Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding children and young people and every child should be kept safe.” Safenetwork.org (safe activities for everyone).

Safeguarding is a fairly new concept and was brought into practice with the Children Act 2004. There are many factors that are included within the statutory definition of safeguarding and
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Physical signs of safeguarding issues can be; noticing a child to be frequently dirty, smelly or inadequately dressed, they may turn up wearing the same clothes many days in a row or arrive with a very soiled nappy or underwear, requests to parents or carers for larger shoes or clothes may be ignored. Although children can often look “grubby” they should not appear smelly or unwashed. A child showing constant hunger or sometimes stealing food from other children can be a sign of neglect and malnutrition, this can be shown as weight loss or being constantly underweight. In extreme cases this can cause growth or developmental failure, you may also notice changes to skin and hair condition. A child informing you of a situation where you believe they have been left in an unsafe situation or environment. Unsuitable use of sexual language and inappropriate sexual behaviour. Recurrent urinary


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