Online training courses for health, social, domiciliary, voluntary and childcare sectors.
- Define the legal status of the child and the concepts of child vulnerability, child protection and significant harm
- Explain the concepts of protection, vulnerability and significant harm
- Identify the responsibility of individuals and organisations in protecting children
- Define abuse and identify the indicators and related examples of physical and emotional abuse
- Identify the indicators and related examples of sexual abuse and neglect
- Recognise the signs of abuse and bullying
- Explain the nature of child protection law and the detail of The Children Act 1989
- Identify the range of relevant child protection orders
- Define the Children Act 2004 and explain the importance of the range of the child protection lists
- Identify the range of child protection procedures
- Explain the range of post-referral procedures
- Apply a range of knowledge and understanding to solve practical child abuse situations
This BYTSYZ online course is designed for individuals who work with children and relates to the issues surrounding safeguarding children by exploring the concepts of "child vulnerability", "child protection" and "significant harm"; coupled with the individual and organisational responsibilities of protecting children from abuse.
Building on these concepts child abuse is explored through defining the term and exploring the four main forms of abuse, namely: physical abuse; emotional abuse; sexual abuse and neglect. In addition the problem of bullying is investigated. The course will enable students to recognise the signs of child abuse by focusing on examples as well as the behavioural and physical indicators.
The legislation that underpins child protection is explored in some detail, including the child protection orders covered by the legislation. At the core of this section of the programme are "The Children Acts 1989 and 2004", which are the key pieces of legislation that provide the framework within which organisations must operate in terms of their policies, procedures and protocols. It also provides guidance on inter-agency collaboration and the emphasis on "Working Together to Safeguard Children". There is detail about the work of the Independent Safeguarding Authority, the Vetting and Barring Scheme and the Barred Lists, created by "The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006".
A practical approach is taken to define the responsibility of organisations and individuals in relation to handling the disclosure, recording and reporting of abuse by children. Many practical examples are provided to help adults caring for children to handle and manage the difficult situation of disclosure with encouragement to develop personal checklists for these situations.
Awareness is raised of the post-referral processes, which explores: the strategy meeting; investigation; the child protection conference; paediatric assessment and the child interview.
By the end of the study, through exploring real-life scenarios, individuals will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to recognise the signs and symptoms of child vulnerability and abuse.