Assessment Criteria 1
* The Children's Act 1989
The heart of the Children Act is a belief that the best place for children to be looked after is within their own home and ensuring the welfare of the childrens upbringing is paramount. The Act is built on the notion of parental responsibility. This is duties, rights, powers and responsibilities of a parent in respect of their child. The aim of the Children Act is to offer safeguard to children who may be at risk. It also seeks to protect families and their children.
* The Children's Act 2004
The Children Act 2004 is about services provided to and for children and young people by local authorities and other bodies and requires that they work together in promoting the well-being of children in the local area.
* Every Child Matters - (Five outcomes)
This act was introduced in 2003 and was in response to the Victoria Climbie and the subsequent investigation . It is one of the most important policy initiative and development programmes in relation to children and children's services of the last decade, and has been described as a sea change to the children and families agenda. The act lists five outcomes which were identified as :
1. Be Healthy
Enjoying good physical and mental health and living a healthy lifestyle
2. Stay Safe
Being protected from harm and neglect
3. Enjoy & Achieve
Getting the most out of life and developing the skills for adulthood.
4. Make a positive contribution
Being involved with the community and society and not engaging in anti-social or offending behaviour.
5. Achieve economic well being
Not being prevented by economic disadvantage from achieving their full potential.
* Equality Act 2010
There are nine protected characteristics. The characteristics applying to home based child care include disability, race, religion or belief and gender. The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises the current legislation to provide Britain with a new discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society
* Data Protection 1998
It is the main piece of legislation that governs the protection of personal data in the UK. This means that it protects sensitive personal data being published without a persons consent. If a child is involved in any documentation consent has to be given by a parent or guardian.
Role of regulatory bodies
Care And Social Services Inspectorate Wales
To ensure that children have the best care when they attend any settings away from their home. The legislations and systems that they have in place helps the parents , guardians feel reassured and help trust the organisation that they are sending their children to.
National Minimum Standards For Regulated Child Care
The document outlines what is expected of childminders and day care providers in Wales, and provides guidance as to whether adequate care for children under the age of eight is being achieved. These standards are to ensure that all providers such as day care or childminding in wales meet the requirements in the National Minimum Standards For Regulated Child Care. These standards focus on positive outcomes for children under eight and reducing risk to their welfare and safety.
Sex Discrimination act 1975
Makes it unlawful to treat a person less favourably than a member of the opposite sex and its aim is to make sure people are not discriminated against on the basis of their gender.
* Assessment Criteria 2
* Accident and Emergency
* It is my policy to keep children safe when they are in my care.
* My premises have been checked and they meet the requirements of the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW). I also regularly review, update and practice my safety routines, including fire drills.
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