Outline current policies and legistlation relating to children and how these affect your practive
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Outline current policies and legislation relating to children and how these affect your practice.
Whether you are a headteacher, teacher or teaching assistant you have a vital part to play in protecting and promoting the welfare of the children and young people in your care. Below are some of the policies and legislation that all education professionals should be aware and inform their practice accordingly.
The ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ document (2006 revised 2010) looks at how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act (1989) and the Children Act (2004). It is…show more content…
All regulated childcare organisations have a statutory duty to refer individuals for inclusion in the list and must not employ individuals and volunteers, in posts that bring them into contact with children, whose names are included in the PoCA List. Similarly, the Act also allowed for other organisations that work with children and young people to refer individuals and carry out checks on prospective employees and volunteers. In addition the system of Criminal Record Bureau disclosure checks was created for organisations that work with children and young people.
Finally ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child’ (1989) was approved by the UK in 1991. It set out the principles for a legal framework to underpin all aspects for the care, development and education of all children. The articles cover: non-discrimination on the grounds of gender, religion, disability, language, ethnic or social origin; civil and political rights; economic, social, cultural and protective rights. Particularly relevant for out of school clubs and play providers is Article 31 as this states that all children have the right to relax and play, and to have the chance to join in a wide range of activities.
Discuss the steps you would take if you had concerns for the safety and wellbeing of a child.
All schools should have a designated safeguarding lead (DSL). They are responsible for dealing with child protection issues in school,