The Purpose Of Child Welfare Policies And Initiatives

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There is no single piece of legislation that covers children’s rights, but rather a multitude of laws and guidance that are being continually amended, updated and revoked.
Child welfare policies and initiatives target the care, health, and wellbeing of children, with the goal of improving child health with the public health sector. These policies and initiatives aim to protect children from the harmful effects of poverty, family and parenting problems, child abuse and neglect, and inadequate resources
All adults working alongside children have a responsibility to keep them safe. As a teaching assistant, ¬initial training will be given outlining your role and any other particular areas which your employer would like you to focus on to improve
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This reform upholds a number of principles, one being that a child’s welfare is paramount when making decisions about a child’s upbringing. It introduced the concept of parental responsibility, which sets out the rights, duties power and responsibilities of the parent or carer of a child. It also sets out to detail what local authorities and the courts should do to protect the welfare of children. The Children
Act 1989 states that the welfare of the child is paramount and sets out to detail what Local
Authorities and Courts should to protect children. The school must designate a Senior Teacher who will hold specific responsibilities for child protection within their school, they will be clear and familiar with the rules and steps to follow regarding any matters of child welfare. They should also be confident and clear when offering advice and guidance to colleagues who are unfamiliar with the child protection service.
Teachers and teaching assistants have a duty of care to their students and because they have daily contact with them they are able to identify any signs of abuse, neglect, failure to develop or
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Childcare Act 2006
The new Childcare Act is the first ever act to be solely concerned with early years and childcare.
Measures in the act set out important strategic roles for local authorities to play through a set of new duties. These duties will require authorities to: • Improve the five Every Child Matters outcomes for all pre-school children and reduce inequalities in these outcomes • Secure sufficient childcare for working parents • Provide a better parental information service
The Act also reforms and simplifies early years regulation and inspection arrangements. The act’s main provisions will come into effect in 2008.
Every Child Matters
Every Child Matters: Change for Children is a new approach to the wellbeing of children and young people from birth to age 19.
The Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme aims to put in place a national framework to support the joining up of services so that every child can achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes. Support will be provided in the following areas: • To ensure that support for parents becomes routine, particularly at key points in a child or young person’s life because parents, carers and families are the most important influence on outcomes
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