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This course is designed to raise your awareness of safeguarding children and develop your ability to effectively respond to suspected or actual incidents of abuse. You will learn how to:

• Identify different types of abuse;
• Identify some of the indicators of abuse and understand the relevant legislation.
• State some of the causes of abuse and become more confident in reporting it
• Explain the issues of confidentiality and disclosure;

There are around 11.5 million children in England, almost a third of them are classed as vulnerable. Let’s look at some facts on Safeguarding children:

• 400,000 are classified as ‘in need’ which is 36 children per 1000.
• 53,000 children are ‘looked after’ meaning they are in care
• 5 children per 1000 that’s 30,000 are on the child protection register.

There are a number of Acts which have been developed to enforce the safeguarding of children. During this training, we will focus on the ones which are relevant to the UK. It is worth noting however that we are also governed by the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of a child. This was brought into effect in 1989 and was ratified by the UK in 1991. It includes the right of protection from abuse, the right to express their views and have them listened to and the right to care and services for disabled children or children living away from home.

The Government regards itself bound by the demands of the convention and refers to it as child protection guidance. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children means to protect them from maltreatment, prevent impairment of their health and development and to ensure that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. Basically, this means to provide a safe environment for children and young people.

The Safeguarding of children is under the control of anyone who has significant contact with children including; health, education and early years. Your responsibilities are to:

  • Identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm and taking action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe at home and within other settings
  • Preventing unsuitable people working with children and young people
  • Promoting safe practice and challenge poor and unsafe practice
  • Identifying instances in which there are grounds for concern about a child’s welfare and taking appropriate action to keep them safe
  • Contributing to effective partnership working between all those involved with promoting services for children

Each day in the UK thousands of children have to face the fear and experience of cruelty. Girls and Boys are sexually exploited for someone else’s gratification, physically hurt and made to feel worthless, unloved and neglected. It is our responsibility to prevent this.

There are a number of services now available to children including social services, the police and child line. However, on occasions, a child may wish to talk to you about this. In this training we will explore how you can help.