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National and local requirements for reporting suspicions or disclosures of danger, harm, abuse or exploitation of children and young people

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For this assessment criterion, you will be required to explain the requirements for reporting suspicions or disclosures of danger, harm, abuse and/or exploitation of children and young people.

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) is a guidance document by the government that sets out the roles and responsibilities of various agencies relating to child safeguarding and how they should work in partnership. As a manager of adult care services, you have a responsibility to ensure that your organisation adheres to the guidelines set out in this document. This includes having policies and procedures relating to child safeguarding and sharing information with other agencies to prevent or stop child abuse/neglect.

Information Sharing: Advice for Practitioners Providing Safeguarding Services to Children, Young People, Parents and Carers

Further information about information sharing in relation to the safeguarding and protection of children can be found in the government publication Information Sharing: Advice for Practitioners Providing Safeguarding Services to Children, Young People, Parents and Carers (2018). It contains guidance about making decisions relating to child protection and when and how information should be shared withothers.

Local protocols

Specific systems and processes relating to child protection and safeguarding have regional variations, so it is important that you understand how it works in your local area. You may obtain this information by contacting your local authority.

Assessment criteria

Learners explain the requirements for reporting suspicions or disclosures of danger, harm, abuse or exploitation of children and young people to include:

  • Their role and responsibilities as leaders and managers
  • Their teams and other colleagues roles and responsibilities
  • Other responsibilities – e.g. those in receipt of care, carers, families, visitors

Examples of relevant requirements include but are not limited to:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • Information Sharing: Advice for Practitioners Providing Safeguarding Services to Children, Young People, Parents and Carers
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