The main current legislation guidelines policies and procedures within own UK home nation for safeguarding children and young people
The main parts of legislation that support the safeguarding of children are the •
UN Convention on the Rights of the Children (UNCRC)
This was made a convention law in 1991 and contains articles that refer to the rights
and needs of children regardless of race, language, colour, sex, religion, disability,
origin, political or any other status .
Race Relations Act 1976
This Act provides protection from racial discrimination and to improve equally
opportunities. Every person should have the right to be protected against
Children Act 1989.
This act is to ensure the welfare of the child and to look at the role that the parents
and people working with children play to ensure the child's safety.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995
Was introduced to provide the rights for disabled children and adults to have an
active part in society. It looks at how physical or mental impairments affects their
day to day life and activities.
Human Rights Act
This act has the main structure of the UNCRC but now allows individuals in the UK to
put into effect rights given under the previous laws in the UK Courts.
Children Act 2004.
The Every Child Matters: provides the legalisation to improve and incorporate
children’s services to encourage early intervention, strong leadership and the
bringing together different professionals in order to achieve constructive outcomes
for children, young people and their families.
Childcare Act 2006.
This Act looks primarily at The Early Years and outlines how working with local
authorities to improve the outcomes of children up to the age of five years.
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