Employment rights and responsibilities in health and social care

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Employment responsibilities and rights in health, social care or children and young people’s settings

Unit Purpose
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings in the health, social care or children and young peoples settings

The unit covers
 Statutory responsibilities and rights of employees and employers  Awareness of own occupational role and how it fits within the sector  Agreed ways of working with employer
 Career pathways and progression routes
 Issues of public concern and how these may influence changers within the sector

AC 1.1 & 1.2 Know the statutory responsibilities and rights of employees and employers within own area of work – put in your own words

LegislationAspects and features of Legislation

Data Protection Act 1998
The Data Protection Act 1998 is designed to protect any information stored about us and also to make sure that it is used correctly. Data stored could be facts about us or even our opinions. Anybody who has access to any personal information on any other living individual is affected by these laws and should be made aware of their duties as a result. Your rights as an employee;

As an employee you have certain rights under the Data Protection Act 1988. You are allowed to know what personal data the employer is storing, how the information is stored, for example on a computer or in a filing system. You also have the right to know who will have access to this data, why the data is required and what the information will be used for. It is extremely important that this information is kept safe and that no unauthorized people have access to it. The Data Protection Act has 8 main principles. The Data Protection Act is described in more detail in .

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Protection from harassment Act 1997

An Act to make provision for the disclosure of information held by public authorities or...
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