The main legislation in our country that supports the rights for children are: The Children’s Act 1989
The Children’s Act 1989 aimed to make sure that the welfare of all the children is paramount, working together with the parents to protect children from any harm. The Act was intended to be strengthened to give the child equal rights and to make certain that their feelings and wishes were respected. The death of Victoria Climbie in February 2000 exposed shameful failings to protect her. On twelve occasions, chances to save her life were not taken. The system had failed her. From this came the amendment of The Children’s Act 1989. It was now: The Children’s Act 2004.
The Children’s Act 2004 aims to improve children’s lives further and gives the framework to Every Child Matters (2004).The main aim of The Children’s Act 2004 is to ensure that all the children stay safe, have a right to a healthy lifestyle, can enjoy and achieve through their learning, can make positive contributions to society and achieve economic well-being.”The Children’s Act 2004 states that a new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) will be mandatory from september 2008,offering education to children from birth to age five”(Tassoni P et al, 2007,288). United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 1989 This came about in 1989 and it gives children aged 0-18 their own special rights. It’s separated into forty two articles that tell us the rights of the child. The articles cover non-discrimination from gender, religion, disability and language to ethnic and social origin. Every child, no matter who they are or where they live, has the right to grow up safe, healthy and happy.Children have a right to LIFE. The UNCRC lays solid ground for all parts of the care, development and education of all children.”Every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical, social and mental needs. Governments must help families who cannot afford to provide this” (Article 27: UN convention). Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 replaced anti-discrimination laws, such as, The Disability Act 1995.It was made simpler and removed inconsistencies and protected people against unfair treatment. The Act covers nine protected characteristics which are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation.The Act sets out the different ways in which it is unlawful to treat someone such as direct or indirect discrimination.
As students studying childcare in college we must follow the CACHE statement of values.We must always put the child first, making sure their welfare and safety is paramount as well as their needs, rights and views. We must always show compassion and sensitivity and respect children as individuals. Individuality, difference and diversity all valued highly and equality is actively promoted. Self-esteem and resilience are recognised as essential to every child’s development. We must enable the child to learn to their full potential. The Foundation Phase have seven areas of learning that must be followed. These are personal and social development, language and communication skills, mathematical development, Knowledge and understanding of the world, welsh language development, physical development and creative development. This will help the child reach their full potential if supported in a way that is effective to them and is inclusive. The best practice requires reflection and a continuous search for improvement.When working as childcare professionals physical punishment will never be used. We will also respect the parents, or those who have the role of primary carer. Confidentiality of information of the children and their families will be respected and honoured unless it is required to be disclosed by law or is in the best interest of the child.
It is vitally important to value and respect all children that...
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