Safeguarding children

Safeguarding children and young people is more than just protecting them from direct abuse. Every service that works with children and young people have a much wider role to play than just to protect from abuse and neglect. There are a number of important aspects of the wider view of safeguarding as stated in the Staying Safe Action Plan. These Include- Crime and Bullying: This could be helping victims of crime and also helping those that commit crime. This could also be witness’s that need support Bullying could be racially motivated, cyber, text.

Making sure that children and parents are given the information to protect themselves Actively promoting their welfare in a healthy and safe environment: Article 2. 2 of the staying safe action plan states that It is important that everyone – parents, practitioners, government – works together to create safe and accessible environments for children and young people wherever they are, whether at home, at school, at college, out playing, on transport, at nursery, in public spaces or in a youth club.

It is everyone’s responsibility to create these safe environments, so that all children and young people can enjoy and achieve. Missing children: As stated in article 3. 55 of the Staying Safe Action Plan, this aims to develop an action plan to implement the principles set out in The Children’s Society recommendations, to initiate an early review of emergency accommodation provision, to consider how local authorities can best provide safe places and ‘breathing spaces’ for young runaways; and revise the Missing from Home and Care guidance, in conjunction with the review of the Children Act 1989 regulations and guidance.

This process will provide the opportunity to update and improve the current guidance issued in 2002, making explicit reference to services for particularly vulnerable groups such as children from abroad who may be trafficked. Forced marriage: A forced marriage is one where people are coerced into a marriage against their will and under duress (duress includes both physical and emotional pressure).

Forced marriage is an abuse of human rights and cannot be justified on any religious or cultural basis. It is, of course, very different from arranged marriage, where both parties give consent. To address these concerns , as stated in article 4. 28 of the staying safe action plan the aim was to implement the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 by Autumn 2008. This will place FMU guidelines, including for social workers, police, education and health professionals, on a statutory footing.

It will also give courts the power to make Forced Marriage Protection Orders, develop a coherent national policy for improving the safeguarding of children at risk of forced marriage including through building the capacity of schools to recognise and handle the issue; and continue the work of the Forced Marriage Unit to improve the prevention of forced marriage and to provide assistance to forced marriage victims within the UK and overseas. Keeping children safe from accidents: This includes accidents outside, in the home, fire safety, stranger danger, . Its important that children are taught to understand and manage risk.