Unit 001: Roles, Responsibilities & Relationships in Lifelong Learning (Level 3)
This essay is to demonstrate that I understand my own roles and responsibilities in lifelong learning. Working as a lecturer in Plumbing at Oaklands College for further education requires me to have an understanding of many legislative requirements and codes of practice. Included within these are the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), the Children Act (2004) Every Child Matters, the Protection of Children Act (1999), Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health ( COSHH) (2002) a Duty of Care and relevant College Codes of Practice. The Health and Safety at Work Act is probably one of the main laws to consider as this not only affects your safety but also those around you, staff and learners alike. In my role as a Plumbing Lecturer I must make sure the classroom and especially the workshop is safe to use. This is done with the use of Risk Assessments, for example, checking that no cables or obstructions are around in classrooms and when using gas blowtorches in the workshop all relevant training for staff and pupils has been carried out. This also comes under my Duty of Care to learners, to insure I take all reasonable steps to ensure safety. Failure to do this would be classed as negligence. The Protection of Children Act (1999) and the Children Act (2004) were created to protect children and young adults against inappropriate behaviour by adults and other children. The Children Act (2004) encompasses the five Every Child Matters outcomes, which are, Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution and Achieve Economic Well-being. When I first came to work at Oaklands College I had to submit to a full Criminal Records Bureau check to make sure there were no reasons to inhibit me from working with them. This does sometimes take a long time but is essential. One part of legislation that is specific to the Plumbing Workshop is the Control Of Substances...
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