Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Lifelong Learning.

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Roles Responsibilities and Relationships in Lifelong Learning. “With great power comes great responsibility.” Forget super hero’s this should be a slogan for all individuals providing and health, social or education service. As a teacher there are so many roles and responsibilities you have to adhere to as you embark on making and retaining trusting and supportive relationships with your learners. Some of the general legislations and codes of practice a teacher has to follow are; * Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) this places general duties on the people in control of the premises to protect the health and safety and welfare of all people on those premises. * Equality Act (2010) protects learners from discrimination with regards to their race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, paternity, transsexual, age or status. * IFL Code of Practice for Teachers (2008) this act highlights behaviours expected of its members for the benefit of its learners. It was created by professionals for professionals. * Data protection Act (1998) this act protects the rights and privacy of individuals for instance all personal information of learners should be held securely and all students have the right to know the information that is being held. With all this in mind the role of a teacher has certain boundaries, a point where the teaching role ends and the roles of other professionals begins, for instance if a learner approached a teacher with a confession that they are being abused at home, the teaching role then ends and the teacher has a responsibility to pass this information on to the organisations Safeguarding Officer who will then take the situation further while respecting the wishes of the learner. As Gravells (2008) Page 40 states “Safeguarding is a term used to refer to the duties and responsibilities that those providing a health, social or education service have to carry out/perform to protect individuals from harm.” As you can see the...
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