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E1. The five pieces of current legislation which will influence polices within a setting consist of The Data Protection Act 1998. This supports the setting by ensuring confidentiality is kept and personal details are not left on display for all to see. E2. The Data Protection Act 1998 influences working practice within a setting by confidentiality polices to protect children, families and professionals. All data is protected under password security but also kept within the setting and not permitted to be taken away however everybody who has information kept about them has a right to see their records. Although this policy can be breached it a child, colleague or family is at risk, such as parent divorce and the mother does not wish for the father to know any information but he then gets violent toward her and abuses the setting. E1. A second piece of legislation is The Children’s Act 2004 which includes the policy of Every Child Matters. This consists of Tassoni.P (2007) page 16 be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution to society and achieve economic well-being. Therefore ensuring that different services for children and young people work more effectively together to promote strong leadership and achieve positive outcomes for the sake of the children. E2. In the setting The Children’s Act 2004 ensures that the children are kept safe and secure. This Act takes a child-centred approach, therefore planning to work for the children and identify their needs early before their needs become too important. This Act also protects the children by the staff and visitors signing in and out of the setting to ensure security purposes. The setting also promotes healthy eating and at least I hour a week of physical activities both indoors and outdoors. As this Act is linked to the Every Child Matters Programme they support the setting by ensuring all children and young people are valued and respected and are encouraged to express their feelings on different views and opinions. As a result of this the children can work alongside local authorities and gain a strong relationship with care givers. E1. The Disability Act 2000 is a piece of current legislation that influences policies within a setting by incorporating Special Educational Needs. Therefore children with a disability can still attend mainstream schools and learn the same syllabus as the rest of the children. E2. The Disability Act 2000 is linked with the Special Educational Needs Act 2010 to influence working practice by settings making reasonable adjustments to their premises to accommodate children and their families with disabilities or special needs. For example, when a parents evening occurs at the school and a parent needs wheelchair access, also if they have poor eye sight then they make the important documents with larger font sizes. These Acts also influence the working practice by the practitioners not treating the disability children any different to the rest of the children therefore not having favouritism. Finally the practice must follow the S.E.N Framework to know how they should support the children with Special Educational Needs. E1. Another current legislation that influences policies within a setting is Equality Act 2010. Tassoni.P (2007) page 116 states enforces equality legislation on age, disability and health, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status. This supports that no matter what an individual’s background or circumstance they are all entitled to the same opportunities. E2. In a setting the Equality Act 2010 supports children, young people and professionals to all have equal opportunities but yet still teach and learn the same syllabus. However each individual has a different learning style such as clarifier, explorer, activator and innovator. The Equality Act 2010 contains 9 main pieces of legislation that have been merged into one, some of these are, Race Relations Act 1976,...
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