Explain the rights of children and parents/carers in situations where harm or abuse is suspected or alleged

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 2.2: Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
Learning outcome: Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child has been abused or harmed
Assessment criteria: Explain the rights of children and parents/carers in situations where harm or abuse is suspected or alleged

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When harm or abuse is suspected or alleged, Early Years practitioners must be aware of the rights of both the child and their parents/carers.

A child’s rights include:

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  • the right to be protected from all forms of harm
  • the right to have their best interests taken into account at all times
  • the right to express their views and be heard
  • the right to not be subjected to repeated questioning or examinations

Parents/carers would usually have a right to be kept informed of the process and what is happening; however, if the parents/carers are implicated in the investigation, the child will be removed from their care and they will lose their rights.

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