Safeguarding Children Level 1 Workbook V3 APP VERSION.pdf

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Safeguarding Children & Young People Level 1


Aims for Children Growing Up in the UK
This section will focus on the Department of Health’s Every Child Matters policy and the UK’s aim for
children growing up within the UK. It will also touch on the change in law and guidance around
protecting children and the role of staff within healthcare organisations.
Children need to be supported by their parents, carers and society. This support extends to school,
play and sporting settings as well as in the community and within all healthcare settings.
The aim for every child in the UK, whatever their background may be, is to have the support that they
need to:
Be healthy
Stay safe
Enjoy and achieve
Make a positive contribution
Achieve economic well-being
The above are the five aims of Every Child Matters: Change for Children. This is the policy
supporting the well-being of children and young people from birth to their 18 th birthday.
Following the deaths of Victoria Climbié and Baby Peter, the law and guidance around protecting
children was changed. The focus was broadened from protecting to safeguarding children.
Safeguarding involves promoting the welfare of children and preventing impairment of children’s
health or development. The aim is for all children to grow up in circumstances consistent with the
provision of safe and effective care. This will enable them to have optimum life chances so that they
enter adulthood successfully. Protecting children from maltreatment, supporting families at risk,
identifying and ensuring the safety of children who are or might be being abused is a vitally important
part of safeguarding.
Staff members working within health organisations have an
important role, in face a duty, as outlined in the law to ensure that
they safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young
people. This includes being able to recognise signs of possible
child abuse and neglect.

Baby Peter

In order to carry out their
duty to safeguard children,
all staff working in a
healthcare setting need to
be able to understand and
recognise signs of abuse
and neglect in children