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CYP Core 3.4: Support children and young people’s health and
Transcript of CYP Core 3.4: Support children and young people’s health and
This unit aims to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people’s health and safety. It requires a demonstration of competence in recognising hazards and undertaking risk assessments in the work setting.
1.1. Describe the
to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services
1.2. Explain how health and safety is monitored and maintained and how people in the work setting are made aware of risks and hazards and encouraged to work safely
1.3. Identify sources of current guidance for planning healthy and safe environments and services
1.4. Explain how current health and safety legislation, policies and
procedures are implemented in own work setting or service
Factors to consider when planning healthy and safe environments and services (1.1)
There are a number of important principles to think about when you are planning for healthy and safe environments or activities with children and young people.
Some of the factors to consider:
Every child id an individual - with additional needs depending on their age and abilities
Some children have specific needs such as sensory impairments
Different needs of families and carers must be considered
Specific risks to individual such as pregnancy
Duty of care - you must always have the child's safety and welfare in your mind when planning
The function and purpose of environments ans services offered
Desired outcomes for the children and young people
Lines of responsibility and accountability
CYP Core 3.4: Support children and young people’s health and safety
Case study - Tommy
It is important that the environment is checked regularly both before and during activities to ensure that it is both healthy and safe:
Children should be supervised at all times
Routine safety checks should be made daily on premises, both indoors and outdoors
Routine check of security systems – entry phones*, locks, visitor’s book and name badges to control entry and exit at all times
Children should only be allowed to go home with a parent or authorised adult
Make sure that food is stored at the correct temperature and snacks are prepared hygienically
Prevent accidents by keeping the environment clean, tidy and uncluttered
Monitor and maintain health and safety and encourage safe working (1.2)
All materials and equipment should be in a safe and clean condition – any sharp edges or broken parts should be discarded or repaired before use
Follow the setting’s procedures for dealing with spillages of urine, vomit, blood and faeces
There must be adequate first aid facilities, and staff should be trained in basic first aid
Fire drills should be held twice a term in schools and nurseries, and every six weeks in day nurseries
Sources of guidance for planning healthy and safe environments and services (1.3)
Every setting should have a copy of the latest legislation and guidance documents relevant to their service. The internet is also a very good source of information, with sites that are specific to children and young people.
You could also check on current legislation:
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
COSSH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) 2002
RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) 1995
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
Fire Precautions at Work Regulations 1997
The Children Act 1989 and 2004
Implementing legislation for health and safety (1.4)
Health and safety legislation and policy aims to make sure that all workers, children, young people and families are safe and protected from harm when in work or using services.
You need to be aware of the legal issues and national and local guidance relating to health and safety and know where to go and whom to ask for advice and support.
You need to obtain your setting's Health and Safety Policy. Find out the following:
What is contained in your setting’s health and safety policy
Where is the policy displayed?
When was the policy last reviewed?
Who is responsible for reviewing the policy?
Every workplace must have a COSHH file which lists all the hazardous substances used in the setting. What substances are in your setting?
If you prepare or handle food (even something as basic as opening biscuits or preparing food for a snack), you need to comply with Food Handling Regulations. What are these?
Fire officers must check all childcare and education premises: Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997.
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. What are these?
Reporting illness, injury or accident (RIDDOR). What are you expected to do?
You need to produce a resource, either a booklet or a handout to inform staff in the setting about health and safety. You need to include 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4