- Document the incident, explaining in detail what happened and how the incident was resolved. - If the incident reoccurs, talk to the supervisor to investigate why the offending child is behaving that way towards other children. Culturally safe environment - “An environment, which is safe for people; where there is no assault, challenge or denial of their identity, of who they are and what they need. It is about shared respect, shared meaning, shared knowledge and experience, of learning together with dignity, and truly listening” (Ramsden, 1992) - POLICY NUMBER 13 SITE BEHAVIOUR CODE
Child protection is an aspect of safeguarding and it refers to protecting individual child from maltreatment. Professionals in Setting X are able to recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse that are identified in document Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 as physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. Knowing about the forms of abuse allows the practitioner to identify them and report to stop the abuse from happening. Other forms of abuse according to NSPCC (2016a) are also Bullying, Female Genitals Mutilation (FGM), child grooming, child trafficking and online abuse.
When working with children and young people, it is important that their safety and well-being is paramount. There are a number of guidelines, policies and procedures which cover the safeguarding of pupils, including; Working together to safeguard children (2013)- This policy sets out guidelines of how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004. As well as laying out these guidelines, the document also provides a summary of: The nature of child abuse and neglect and the impact it may have on children and young people. How to operate the best practice in child protection procedure.
Describe the actions to take if a child or young person alleges harm or abuse in line who policies and procedures of own setting. If a child alleges harm or abuse it is vital that the person that they tell are trained to deal with this effectively so that the child can be reassured that they have done the right thing and that the allegation can be acted upon. The school at which I work provides regular Safeguarding training to all staff which refers to policies such as Keeping Children Safe in Education, as well as providing practical advice to all staff in the event of a disclosure.
This may be for a short period of time or until they are an adult. It stands a challenge for professionals and a commitment is required when planning to meet positive outcomes for the child. For this type of research, obtaining different results from a multiple-choice questionnaire, face-to-face interviews and surveys for all the children will provide data to support children retaining their identity and establishing positive contact with adults and professionals. To illustrate, collecting all this data at the earliest possible stage, will enable vulnerable children to participate in relevant interventions like therapy sessions, CAMHS etc.
The most important current legislation and regulation in UK are Childrenâ€TMs Act 2004, Childrenâ€TMs Act 2006 and Lord Lamingâ€TMs report. It means that all professionals and everyone who is care of children and young people must be aware of the legal aspects. It also gives guidelines to
Know and understand the settings policies and procedures- Any person working within childcare should have a clear understanding of their settings policies and procedures knowing all the rules and how to follow them appropriately so they know exactly who to turn to in any given situation. Child makes an allegation of abuse to you- Ensure you make no promises to the child (if they ask you not to tell anyone or to keep it a secret) and that you will do everything possible to help them and their situation. Reassure them and let them feel safe and that they have done the right thing.
It can be done by sitting down and asking the child if they are old enough to understand, or for younger children they could show how they feel through play activities. During this kind of transition it is important to involve the child as much as you can because if they have a bit more knowledge and control with what is happening it wouldn’t feel as it was being forced on them. This can be done by asking them what they think, which parent they would prefer to live with and if the child was also moving they could be asked for what their opinion on a new house or school. It is important to work in partnership with parents because they will have the most knowledge on the current situation, so by working with them the practitioners can come up with a plan that can work around the child and benefit them the most. In my placement the practitioners would call in the parent and sit down with them to see how they can support the child while they are in the
1.1 Explain why working in partnership with others is important for children and young people - it important that you work alongside others when working with young people because it is good for them to see that people do work together and to see relationships because built as well as positive outcomes coming out from working in partnership with people. It is also good because it shows them general life skills of working with and alongside other to come up with a solution. 1.2 Identify who relevant partners would be in own work setting - relevant partners would include, parents or carers of the child so that the practitioner and parent can work together to figure out what is going to suit the child best, management to see what actions and targets could be put into place and how the setting can be developed to help the childs specific needs aswell as how it could help the setting as a whole.
Explain the process of managing risk and how it applies to Forest SchoolThere is increasing debate around the idea that children need to take more risk in their play. The prevalence of indoor, gadget based play and screen-time as downtime means children are spending less and less of their day “playing out”. Even if they do go out to play children are very rarely given a freedom to roam. In fact according to a recent study the distance a child is permitted to wander from their home has decreased by 90% in the past 30 years.1This has become such an issue that an all party parliamentary group on a fit and healthy childhood recently examined the problems and potential solutions and published their report “Play”. Among other conclusions were the statements that children should engage in ....“Risky play involving...height, speed, playing near .... water, cliffs, exploring alone”The report highlighted the benefits of such play as being an ability to develop an understanding of “risk assessment and mastery, (of) learning to balance feelings of fear and excitement...lead(ing) to a development of a healthy self esteem, self reliance and resilience.”Meanwhile in a recent interview for The Telegraph (01/02/15).
Listening to children The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child shows a child’s right to his or her own views in all matters and the right to the freedom of expression. This includes the right to receive and be part of information about themselves. All people around children need to make sure that rights are upheld and matters affecting children are looked after. Children can experience worries at home, at school or with their peers and children need to talk about their issues. Parents, professionals and practitioners need to pay attention not only to what children say, but also what they are saying.
As part of the â€œEvery Child Mattersâ€• and childcare act of 2006, the government decided that all children age 3-4 were entitled to 15 hourâ€TMs free part time early yearâ€TMs education per week. Childr aged 3-4 are entitled to this for 38 weeks of the year. Although this a government funded scheme,
When working with children in the school setting you will need to be aware of the different signs that a child may be being abused, the signs may include behavioural and physical changes, although you will need to do your best to make sure the child’s safety is being looked after in your care but you will need to look for possible signs that they are being mistreated while they are not in
According to the world health organisation 50 percent of mental illnesses begin by the age of 14, that’s why there are organisation such as the kids helpline dedicated to helping and counselling young people(Kids Helpline, 2016). The Kids Helpline is a free, 24 hour counselling service for young individuals between the age the 5-25, within this organisation 's kids are able to talk to experienced and trained counsellors who offer sessions though the phone, email and over the web (Kids Helpline, 2016) (appendix 1). These experienced counsellors all together respond to 4,500 calls a day, in regards to a range of issues that young people are having (kids helpline, 2016). The organisation 's main aim is to “empower young people by assisting them to develop and create positive relationships” they have helped millions of children and is a critical organisation in relation to kids physical, mental and social well being (Kids Helpline, 2016).