E1 Identify FIVE (5) pieces of current legislation
(To achieve full marks each piece of legislation must have the correct title and date). You will not get full marks if the date is missing. For example:
-Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
-United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989
-Reporting of Injury, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) -Children Act 1989
-Data Protection Act 1998
E2 Describe how each piece of legislation will influence working practices in the setting. Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001- The act itself is divided into two sections, section one primarily focusing on the rights of the individual child and their need to be involved among their peer group ‘This reflects the idea of inclusive education in which children are not ‘separated’ from their peers because of a disability or particular need’ (Penny Tassoni 2007) 'strengthens the rights of children with SEN to be educated in mainstream schools’ ( Julian Grenier, 2001). Section two highlights the importance of adjusting the setting to accommodate the child and have knowledge and understanding on how to encourage them to reach their full potential ‘Settings must also follow the SEN Code of Practice which outlines what they should do to support a child with special educational needs’ (Penny Tassoni, 2007) United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 – This is an act that covers a range of factors that differentiates us from each other and is put into an act in which ‘the rights to survival, health and education, to a caring family environment, play and culture, to protection from exploitation and abuse of all kinds and to have their voice heard and opinions taken into account on significant issues’ (Marian Beaver, 2008) ‘This was drawn up in 1989 and gives children and young people under the age of 18 their own special rights’ ‘By having an act such as this young adults and children have the ‘rights to protection from abuse, the right to express their views and be listened to, and the right to care and services for disabled children or children living away from home’ (NSPCC, 2010 ; page 1). Reporting of Injury, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995- An act such as this ensures that all accidents and incidents are recorded in an accident report book ‘Every work place is, by law, required to have an accident report book’ (Teena Kamen, 2011) ‘All accidents, injuries or illnesses that occur to children and young people in a group setting must be reported to the child or young person’s parents or primary carers’. (Teena Kamen, 2011). This legislation provides practitioners evidence of data of incidents that occurred in the setting with all the essential information which could come in handy for future references. Children Act 1989- ‘The Children Act 1989 is particularly important because it emphasises the importance of putting the child first’ (Tina Bruce,2011) ‘The act is especially well known for its stance that children’s welfare is of paramount importance’. (Penny Tassoni, 2007). By having an act such as the Children Act 1989, the importance of care is highlighted and outlined in every aspect ensuring that settings and homes are following the principles which enlists ‘Children are entitled to protection from neglect, abuse and exploitation’ (Marian Beaver 2008) Data Protection 1998- The Data Protection Act 1998 ensures that all information that the setting has acquired over the years is only shared amongst practitioners on whom are on are on a need to know basis and is done in a professional manner maintaining professional practice. Protection of files can be in the following format: password protected authorised, personal only and security management. ‘The Data Protection Act 1998 provides a framework to ensure that information is shared appropriately’ (Teena Kamen 2008) E3 Describe how the policies and procedures will help safeguard...
Bibliography: Children and Young People’s Workforce 2011
Penny Tassoni (2007) Childcare and Education 4th Edition.
Nelson Thomas (2008) Childcare and Education CACHE Level 3
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