In this assignment I will
discuss one social policy; Safeguarding children and Young People (July 2014).
This policy discusses the importance of safeguarding children and how important
it is for service providers to be aware and up to date with policies and of possible
changes that could have occurred. The policy stresses how important it is to
ensure children are safe and states how the welfare of a child is paramount and
I will examine why this is so. Lastly I will explain how I think the policy
benefits service users, why it is vital for service providers to understand the
policy before concluding on my thoughts of this policy.
Firstly, this policy aims to
ensure that all children, are safeguarded from harm. Safeguarding is not just
child protection but keys in on promoting the welfare of children. This is the
main goal and objective and the policy suggests many different ways that
service providers can ensure that safeguarding is being carried out thoroughly.
This policy also states that “Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.”,
therefore it could also be argued that this policy also intends to support
families, schools and society as a whole by guiding them through the best ways
to then support children and ensure that families are being made aware of how
to maintain the wellbeing of their children.
This social policy is very
relevant to social workers and is important in their practice. It firstly focuses
significantly on safeguarding and educating social workers and other service
providers on how to ensure safeguarding is always taking place. Most
importantly, as well as this policy being helpful when trying to educate social
workers, because it is in fact a statutory obligation for all social workers to
safeguard and also promote vulnerable children’s welfare, they are legally and
professionally required to use this policy to help them ensure this.
Furthermore, some points within the policy that can influence social workers
and their practice is how it goes into depth and detail on the importance of
protecting children from any forms of harm or abuse. It is mentioned several times within the
policy which suggests to the social worker how important it is. An example of
when safeguarding children is mentioned could be in the introduction of the
policy; it states that “children and young people under 18 years of age are an
especially vulnerable group and therefore the commission is concerned to stress
the importance of charities having proper safeguards in place for their
protection”. This statement focuses on how safeguarding is a national situation
and it can be inferred that the government believe that protecting children
from harm is essential and that those put in place to make sure of this, in
this case social workers, must take care when doing their job and follow the
required guidelines and procedures to make sure they taking the correct steps
to keep the child safe. Doing so can avoid any problems for the social worker
and the child. The repetition and stress they put on this shows social workers
just how important their jobs are and that can cause them to be extra careful
when handling children or children related cases. A social worker seeing how
dear the wellbeing of children is to the government could influence them to
understand the severity of safeguarding.
Additionally, in the
commission’s role section of the policy, it talks about how the commissions
expects those providing services to vulnerable children to do their best to
minimise the risk of abuse to children. The Charity Commission role is to
produce guidance for trustees on how they should meet their legal duties and
responsibilities. It is important that social workers follow these guidelines
in order to the best job possible as these guidelines are put in place to help professionals.
After reading the policy, I
was able to identify positives to this policy and ways that it will positively
affect service users. Firstly, this policy stresses how important it is to
maintain the wellbeing of children and keep them away from harm. A social
worker will understand this and ensure that they are taking all necessary steps
to keep the children safe ultimately benefiting the service user’s. Another positive
effect this policy will have on children is that it discusses the Disclosure
and Barring Service (DBS) and how it is compulsory for social workers to go
through this process in order to ensure they are suitable to work with children
and other vulnerable groups. This is great for the children as it guarantees
that their will be in the hands of trustworthy professionals who are dedicated
to trying to help them and improve their situation. Finally, the last positive I
will discuss is that this policy has other sources within itself that can help
to social workers. In the guidance and legislation section, it gives resources
to help social workers get a better understanding of what is required of them. The
more knowledge they have, the more the children benefit.
However, there was one way
that the policy could potentially negatively affect service users. Firstly,
this policy is very strict in the sense that it only talks about the formality of
social work which could potentially frighten social workers and not allow them
to do their job properly as they are worried about messing up and getting reprimanded.
Although it is important to follow procedure as a social worker, when working
with children you must be unrestricted at times in order to relate to them. It
is helpful to focus on how the child is doing rather than on the policy and its
formalities which will ultimately help you to help them.
In conclusion this policy is
very clear in what is required of social workers and is full of important
information to aid with a social workers practice. As mentioned before, it keys
in on the importance of safeguarding children which influences social workers
to ensure this when doing their job.