Child Protection Training – What is Child Protection?
The United Kingdom has a comprehensive child welfare system under which Local Authorities have duties and responsibilities towards children in need in their area. This covers provision of advice and services, accommodation and care of children who become uncared for, and also the capacity to initiate proceedings for the removal of children from their parents care/care proceedings.
The criteria for the latter is ‘significant harm’ which covers physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. In appropriate cases the Care Plan before the Court will be for adoption.
The Local Authorities also run adoption services both for children put up for adoption voluntarily and those becoming available for adoption through Court proceedings.
In England, Wales and Scotland, there never has been a statutory obligation to report alleged child abuse to the Police. However both the Children Act 1989 and 2004 makes clear a statutory obligation on all professionals to report suspected child abuse.
Chapter 4 of the working together to safeguard children 2010 is the guidance for training, development and supervision:
Working Together sets out 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. It is important that all practitioners working to safeguard children and young people understand fully their responsibilities and duties as set out in primary legislation and associated regulations and guidance.
Child Protection Training
Child Protection Training – Employers are responsible for ensuring their employees are confident and competent in carrying out their responsibilities, and for ensuring employees are aware of how to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns. Employers should also identify adequate resources and support for inter-agency training.
All training in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children should create an ethos that:
- Is child-centred;
- promotes the participation of children and families in the processes;
- values working collaboratively;
- respects diversity; and promotes equality
Training and development for inter-agency work at the appropriate level should be targeted at practitioners in voluntary, statutory and independent agencies who:
- are in regular contact with children and young people; work regularly with children and young people, and with adults who are parents or carers, and who may be asked to contribute to assessments of children in need
- have particular responsibility for safeguarding children. Training and development is also relevant to operational managers and those with strategic responsibility for services, in particular LSCB members. Effective supervision is important in promoting good standards of practice, and supervisors should be available to practitioners as an important source of advice.