The Children Act: A Piece of Legislation

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Unit 3
E1 & E2 Identify 5 pieces of legislation
The Children Act (2004) is a piece of legislation making sure that every child matters this influences our daily practice as every child has the right too being healthy therefor staff provide healthy meals and encourage children to eat healthy at home. Staff would also make sure the children get enough exercise while in their care. Staying safe is another aspect of the Children Act this means practitioners must keep children safe by making sure everyone in the setting has been CRB checked and all exits are locked. If a member of staff is concerned about the child’s welfare we must report it to ensure the child’s safety. The Children Act states children should be enjoying and achieving this influences working practice as staff have to plan lessons which will be enjoyable for the children but also make them achieve. Making a positive contribution is another statement from the Children Act if all the above is achieved this should boost the child’s confidence enough so they do contribute. Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006) was designed to make sure that adults working with children and other vulnerable groups are assessed. This influences working practice as settings have changed the use of volunteers and other services, it also makes sure people who have not been Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked must never be left alone with children. The Equality Act (2010) simplifies the current laws and puts them all together in one piece of legislation. Also, it makes the law stronger in some areas. Some of the characteristics protected are age, disability, gender and race. This will influence working practice as all of these characteristics must be taken into account and protected whilst in a setting. Protection of children act (1999) creates a system for identifying persons considered to be unsuitable to work with children. This act protects all children who will be going to a setting. The Protection of...
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