Explain how current and relevant legislation and policy affects work with children and young people.

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Unit 71, Outcome 1
Explain how current and relevant legislation and policy affects work with children and young people.
Current legislation is the result of The children Act 1989 which was brought in to ensure that all people who work with children worked together and was clear about their responsibility’s and knew how to act if allegations of child abuse were made.Following the death of Victoria Climbie in the year 2000 an independent inquiry highlighted many problems with how reports of neglect and child abuse were dealt with and found that vulnerable people in society were not being safeguarded.The Laming report led to the governments Every Child Matters paper and The Children Act 2004. In the last year this has now been renamed Every
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But children are a special case they cannot always stand up for themselves. They therefore need a special set of rights which take in to consideration their vulnerability and which ensures the adults that surround them take responsibly for their welfare, protection and development.
The UNCRC have 54 articles that outline and define the rights of children, some of which are;
Non discrimination
Best interests of the child
Protection of rights
Preservation of identity
Respect of the child’s views
Freedom of expression
Children deprived of a family environment
Review of treatment in care
Right to education
Goals of education
Leisure, play and culture
Knowledge of rights
Implementation measures
Unit 71, Outcome 2
Explain the responsibility of a
Corporate parent
Professional parent
A corporate parent is where a local authority has taken full parental responsibility of a child or young person, this could be for a number of reasons and a full care order will have been obtained from the courts. (Section 31)
The responsibility of a corporate parent is to provide the level of support, care and protection of a good parent would give to their own child. This includes promoting their health, education, social and emotional needs.
A Corporate parent will recognise that meeting the diverse needs of children and young people will require cooperation between the relevant social authority and other organisations, such as health,

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