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Safeguarding Children - Dangers of Abuse and Legislation

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Safeguarding Children Children Act 1989 The Children Act 1989 states that it's the responsibility of parents and professionals who work with children to ensure the safety of the child. This Act includes two important sections that focus speciï¬cally on child protection, the first is that local authorities have a responsibility to investigate any situation where they suspect that a child is suï¬ering, or likely to suï¬er any signiï¬cant harm. The second states that services must be put into place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within the area who are in need. The Children Act 1989 ensures that the safety of the children is always at a high level and maintains the child’s welfare. The main concern when coaching children is remembering the physical and mental welfare as well as the safety, health and the future of any child. You should only physically contact the children in the following situations: Demonstrating a technique or treating an injury. You may gather some personal information about a child, any information that you find doesn’t need to be shared and for safety reasons it should be kept confidential. The Education Act 2002 This sets out the responsibilities of Local Education Authorities (LEAs), governing bodies, head teachers and everyone who works in schools to ensure that children are safe and free from harm. ...read more.


Other signs might include: Injuries that the child cannot explain or explains unconvincingly, untreated or inadequately treated injuries, injuries to parts of the body where accidents are unlikely to occur, such as thighs, back or abdomen, bruising which looks like hand or finger marks or any cigarette burns, scalds or burns. Emotional abuse occurs when someone is involved in frequent threatening, taunting or sarcastic behaviour, constantly without holding affection or being extremely overprotective. This includes any form of racist or sexist behaviour. The signs of emotional abuse are a lack of physical, mental and emotional development, sudden speech disorders, constantly putting self down, fear of any new situations or neurotic behaviour such as rocking or hair twisting. Sexual abuse is if children are put into a situation where they are used to meet another person?s sexual needs. This includes any form of sexual behaviour with a child, using sexually explicit language or jokes, inappropriate touching, intimate relationships or exposing children to any form of pornographic material. Being overly affectionate or knowledgeable in a sexual way inappropriate to the child's age. Signs of sexual abuse can be very serious, these could include depression, self harm, running away, anorexia or even suicide attempts. ...read more.


This is to ensure that you act in the correct manner that will not get you in any trouble or can be misinterpreted. The local authorities provide guidance by law for their employees that come under the children?s act (1999). As a member of staff, you should ensure you do not touch the children or allow the children to touch you in an inappropriate manner. Never use foul or offensive language, always, language should always be of an appropriate manner from both you as the coach and the children. The coach should never enter into any form of relationship with the child/ young person under the age of 18. All coaches must get CRB checked to provide back up of their appropriateness to the job. You should set limits and boundaries for every session, these should be based upon every one being treated appropriately and equally. These should be set at the beginning of every session to ensure that the children understand them and stay within the boundaries. Abuse towards children in any form is not acceptable under any circumstances. To ensure that you safeguard yourself as well as the children you must ensure that you do not carry out any of the following forms of abuse: neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse or emotional abuse. ...read more.

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