Understanding Child Protection

Child protection legislation (Children Act 1989 in England and Wales, the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995) has been established to ensure the safeguarding of children.

The legislation aims to prevent unsuitable people from working with children and young adults and ensures that people with responsibilities for health, safety, education and the well-being of children are trained in the understanding of their responsibilities in relation to the law and have a duty of care to ensure their protection.

Every local authority has a duty to protect children from significant harm. As someone who works with children in a school or other education setting, you have a crucial role to play in preventing children from suffering and ensuring that appropriate action is taken to protect them.

TimePlan’s ‘Child Protection Booklet’ provides you with a broad overview on understanding child protection, recognising child abuse and reporting.

This information should only be used as a guide. It does not replace the need to familiarise yourself with individual school policy documents and procedures. It is therefore important that you seek advice from the school’s child protection officer and follow the school’s procedures should a child protection issue occur whilst on assignment. It is important to also keep your local TimePlan office informed at each stage of the process.

Please Child Protectiondownload the full Child Protection Factsheet as a PDF.