Outline current policies and legislation relating to children and how these affect your practice. Whether you are a headteacher, teacher or teaching assistant you have a vital part to play in protecting and promoting the welfare of the children and young people in your care. Below are some of the policies and legislation that all education professionals should be aware and inform their practice accordingly. The ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ document (2006 revised 2010) looks at how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act (1989) and the Children Act (2004). It is directed at practitioners and frontline managers who have particular responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and to senior and operational managers in organisations that are responsible for commissioning or providing services to children, young people, and adults who are parents/carers also organisations that have a particular responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
The Children Act (1989) acknowledges that the welfare of the child is fundamental and sets out an overarching system for safeguarding children and the roles different agencies play. It introduced the concept of parental responsibility rather than parental rights. A key principle is that Local Authorities have a duty to provide services for children and their families and all children and young people should have access to the same range of services.
Children Act (2004) updates but does not supersede Children Act (1989). The Act provides a legislative core for the wider strategy for improving children's lives. This covers the universal services which every child accesses, and more focused on services for those with additional needs.
The overall aim is to encourage integrated...