Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young Peoples Services. Here I am about to explain my understanding of the Laws and Legislations that I work within my role as a Manager at ******Lodgings. At Supported Lodgings we provide a homely environment in a care setting staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, however in saying that, we offer support rather than care to Young People leaving care generally aged between 16-19yrs of age about to move onto their own independence. The Young Person will join us in one of our Main Assessment Houses where we can develop their independence skills in areas they may lack enabling them to have a steady transition into their independence. In our setting we work within a number of laws and legislations such as Children Act 1989, Leaving Act 2000, Health and Safety 1974, Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 etc.. I will begin with :
Explaining the legislative framework for health, safety and risk management in the work setting. 1.1) The health and Safety at Work Act 1974 or HASAW or HSW is the primary piece of legislation and is responsible for enforcing the act and a number of other acts relevant to the working environment. It also states that all staff are to take reasonable care of themselves and others around them and for their safety. There are differences between Acts and regulations being :
An act is something which is passed by parliament. An act of parliament is the primary legislation of the UK, the law. A regulation is a rule in writing and sets out the way in which an act will be implemented and enforced. Regulations are ‘bye laws’ which are made by eg. Local councils and are not always applicable to all for example : health and safety regulations are for people in work; speed restrictions are applicable to that particular locality.
In our organisation we must have a designated Health and Safety representative who will take the responsibility of monitoring and recording effectively if there are any concerns. The responsibilities of our staff are to ensure a safe working environment it is then the team leaders role to ensure that all staff are following the companies policies and procedures and therefore will then be the managers role to ensure all team leaders are effectively monitoring their staff adequately and to pass on any relevant information or concerns to their in line manager or director in circumstances. All staff have the responsibility to effectively reduce the risks to others and to report to their in line senior or safety representative any concerns they may have. Team leaders will oversee that staff are keeping in line with the companies Health and Safety regulations and policies, it is also the manager’s responsibility to ensure all team leaders and staff are working within the guidelines and all employees are adequately trained and up to date with all Health and safety standards. The company has a training matrix which keeps a record of all training completed by each member of staff. Also further training is discussed in supervisions with each and every staff member, these are held on a regular basis up until recently when supervisions were held every two weeks until the standards changed. Managers will follow the paper trail that any report would create and would also ensure that all has been accurately recorded. It is the employers responsibility to ensure the following :
* Make arrangements for implementing the health and safety measures identified as necessary by the risk assessment; * Appoint competent people (often themselves or company colleagues) to help them to implement the arrangements; * Set up emergency procedures;
* Provide clear information and training to employees; * Work together with other employers sharing the same workplace.
The employee has the right to: