The safeguarding of children is paramount, therefore the Government have put in place numerous legislations through parliament to help prevent harm to children and young people. These legislations are referred to as Acts and are legally binding and have to be adhered to. One of the Acts is the Children Act 2004, which indentifies the responsibilities of both professionals and carers to ensure the safety of children. The Education Act 2002, covers local education authorities and all those who work, lead or govern a school or an educational establishment and sets out their responsibilities to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The Children Act 2002 provides the legislative spine for the "Every Child Matters" programme with its main aim being to aid co-operation and data sharing by all professionals that may be involved in a child's welfare situation. Another Act is the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, this Act is the to ensure that irrespective of disability all children and young people are entitled to and should have access to the same educational rights and be treated fairly and equally. Kids.org.uk vision is “A world in which all disabled children and young people realise their aspirations and their right to an inclusive community which supports them and their families”.
In addition to the Acts the Government have also published guidelines that provide additional information to assist organisations. These are the 'Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013', which provides guidance for organisations to follow on how to work together to safeguard children and young people and the 'What to do if you're worried a child is being abused' (2006), which includes detailed guidelines on procedures that should be in place and followed when concerns are raised relating to the safeguarding of children. Another Statutory guidance published by the Government is SEND (special educational needs and...
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