Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Lifelong Learning.
1.1: Summarise key aspects of legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice relating to own role and responsibilities Government legislation and statutory laws are put in place regulate, restrict, authorise, proscribe, provide, grant, sanction or declare. This takes the form of a law or bill which outlines the legal requirements of an organisation. All organisational policies must be in line with government legislation for example the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Equality Act 2010 and the Data Protection Act 1998.
The Equality Act 2010 which has replaced the Disabilities Discrimination Act 1995. The Equality Act 2010 provides protection against discrimination for peoples with disabilities in a work setting and beyond, whereas the Disabilities Discrimination Act only protects people with disabilities in a work environment. The Equality Act 2010 place duties on organisation to promote, increase and improve personal and professional responsibilities to Equality and Diversity. The new Equalities Act 2010 simplifies the laws of equality and discrimination, as currently issues such as race, gender, disability and religion are covered by different Acts of parliament. The nature of Information, Advice and Guidance work and my role at the Volunteer Centre means that we are required to provide accurate information and signposting for all clients, regardless of their, age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or status. This means that all clients are receiving the best possible information. Associated with the Equalities Act is legislation relating to Human Rights. This includes The Human Rights Act 1998 and the Special Needs and Disability Act 2001. The Health and Safety at Work Act came into force in 1974. This statutory legislation was designed so that all staff and clients of a company or organisation could operate in a safe environment. Within a learning setting this means that tutors and organisations are responsible for providing a physically and psychologically safe environment for tutors and learners (Francis, 2008). It is important that individuals, employers and employees to comply with both national, local, professional and organisation requirements surrounding Health and Safety. Health and safety legislation seeks to reduce accidents at work and reduce the risks of harm to employers, employees, clients and contractors. This generally takes the form Risk Assessments carried out regarding to activities carried out both on and off site. Risk Assessments look at the risks and hazards involved in certain activities and calculate the likelihood and severity of harm that might occur from these, it then acts as a guideline to seek to reduce the risk of harm by putting sensible mitigation measures in place. There are consequences to not complying with the policies and legislation. Also associated with Health and Safety are the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) and the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, which will need to be considered by tutors. Data Protection and Confidentiality are some of the most important legislation requirements. The personal details of clients are recorded during sessions and clients need to be aware of what happens to this data. The law outlines an individual’s rights to expect protection of their personal information. The Data Protection Act 1998 has replaces the earlier Access to Records Act 1990. The new Data Protection act regulates information that can already lawfully be disclosed, and makes it unlawful to disclose information without the consent of the individual it pertains to. There are 8 principles to the Data Protection Act and limitations on data access. The Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988 also has an impact of the working life of tutors. This...
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