1.2 Describe the roles of different agencies involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people in the context of own work setting

1.2  Describe the roles of different agencies involved in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people in the context of own work setting

Social Services:  Are there to offer support to both the child and the setting. Social services have the powers to investigate any suspected improper behaviour from carers, children or the setting.

Child Protection Investigation Unit (CPIU): This unit is run by the police who have the powers to investigate, interview and arrest anyone suspected of abusing a child.

Health Visitors: A Health Visitor can sometimes be the first person to spot abuse, especially physical. Health Visitors have a duty of care to refer such information to Social Services.

School Nurse: A School Nurse can sometimes be the first person to spot abuse, especially physical. School Nurse have a duty of care to refer such information to Social Services.

The Police: The Police have the powers to investigate, interview and arrest anyone suspected of abusing a child. Quite often they will ask the CPIU to investigate directly and also inform Social Services.

NSPCC: Information can be passed anonymously to the NSPCC. If taken seriously the NSPCC have a duty of care to refer such information to Social Services.

OFSTED: If there are questions about practices within the setting then OFSTED may be asked to investigate further.

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