This assignment shall explore how the practitioner can support children through relevant legislation, policies and procedures that help safeguard children. The assignment will look at how to empower children but also how to support them during transitions. Also, this assignment will include the causes and effects of discrimination in society.
E1 AND E2 - There are many pieces of current legislation that link in with policies and procedures in the setting. Each legislation has influenced the setting and made the workplace a safe, secure and enjoyable environment for children.
The Children Act 2004 is one of the many legislations that link in with policies and procedures in settings. The ...view middle of the document...
For example: by having downstairs toilets, wider doors and ramps to the front doors.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 has merged in with the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 focuses on giving children equal opportunities, showing everyone is equal and not discriminating because of age, disability, health, gender, race or religion/belief. The Equality Act 2010 strengthens current legislation to provide a new discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society. Settings will have the responsibility to make sure practitioners give children choices rather than deciding for them. For example, in planning group activities there will be a chance for the children to decide in which group they wish to be in, or which activity they would like to do. This means practitioners will be including everyone and not being judgmental or discriminating against anyone. The children should be allowed to do things they find interesting and the practitioner has the responsibility of ensuring that to happen for the children.
The Data Protection Act 1998 influences working practice in a setting by confidentiality policies to protect children, parents and professionals. All data is protected under password security but also kept within the setting and is not permitted to be taken away, however everybody who has information kept about them has a right to see their records. Information should not be kept for longer than necessary although any accident and incident records will be kept in case they are needed for reference in the future.
The United Nation Conventions on the Rights of the Child 1989 (UNCRC) focuses on giving rights to children and young people under the age of 18. The United Nation Conventions on the Rights of the child 1989 is divided into 54 articles. The aim for the UNCRC 1989 is to ensure all children and young people are able to enjoy their rights and that they are protected through standards in health care, education, legal, civil and social services. The United Nation Conventions on the Rights of the Child;
• Reinforces the importance of human dignity
• Highlights the family role in children’s lives
• Seeks respect for children
• Enforces the principle of non-discrimination
• Establishes clear obligations to ensure legal frameworks are in line with provisions of the convention
‘All children - without discrimination – have the right to:
• Develop to their fullest potential
• Be protected from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation
• Participate fully in family, cultural and social life
• Express and have their views taken into account on all matters that affect them
• Play, rest and enjoy leisure
This important treaty has been signed by almost every country in the world.’ (Meggitt, et al. 2012: page 5). This would be put into practice by ensuring practitioners give the children the best from their learning and allow the children to learn about their...