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
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:
- 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.