Settings value parents when working in partnership to meet the needs of a child. Settings now have legal responsibilities to work in partnership with parents. According to Beaver. M Et Al, 2001 pg 662) The Education Reform Act 1988, The Children’s Act 1989 and the Special Education Needs Code of Practice 1993, places a legal responsibility on professionals to work with parents. All services including those in the statutory, voluntary and private sector must take this into consideration.
When working in a family setting a Child Care and Education Worker must maintain confidentiality. Everyone has a right to privacy as shown in The Human Rights Act 1988.((1.) 4/12/06)
Settings will and must refer to The Children’s Act 1989. This legislation initiated that children have rights and these rights are included in the Act. This legislation also believes that parents are the best people to bring up children and created legislation that ensured local authorities could provide the best support possible to help the family making separation the only remaining option.
The Human Rights Act (1998) discusses basic human rights that have been incorporated into UK law. These rights affect subjects such as issues in everyday life to torture and murder. Rights include the right to life, the right to respect for private and family life and the right to education.
Article 8 of the Human Rights Act (1998) states:
RIGHT TO RESPECT FOR PRIVATE AND FAMILY LIFE
1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.
2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the
References: P. Tassoni, Kate Beith, Harriet Eldridge and Alan Gough, 2000, Child Care and Education, Christine Hobart and Jill Frankel, 2000 Foundations in caring for children M. O’Hagan and M. Smith, 1993 Early Years child care education: Key Issues