Nothing amazing to report, except that tonight we stayed for a 2.5 hour
INSET on Safeguarding children. The Children’s Act sets out a range of parameters that are relevant to schools and it was interesting to hear and discuss the impact we make as teachers.
The Children Act 1989 is designed to help keep children safe and well. If necessary, it helps a child to live with their family by providing services appropriate to the child’s needs.
Local councils have a duty to provide services to ‘children in need’ if these services will help keep a child safe and well.
A ‘child in need’ may be:
- disabled (for a definition of disability see the Children Act 1989 link)
- unlikely to have, or to have the opportunity to have, a reasonable standard of health or development without services from a local authority; or
- unlikely to progress in terms of health or development; or
- unlikely to progress in terms of health or development, without services from a local authority
Local councils must identify the extent of need in their area and make decisions about levels of service they provide.
There are also the child protection issues within this, which encourages the identification and reporting of suspected abuse.
It all certainly made me think about ‘little Johnny’ who misses a lot of lessons and doesn’t say boo-to-a-goose when he’s in…