the Children's Care, Learning and Development (CCLD) National Occupational Standards were reviewed in 2011/12 following extensive sector consultation. They describe the skills and knowledge required by those working in a variety of Early Years settings and in services for children and young people. It is our duty under the HSW to ensure that all children are safe when in when in our care. This means that all qualified people within this environment must have a qualification in first aid and be able to carry out risk assessments when required.
Some examples of the type of risk assessments we must do are as follows:
There must always be enough adult supervisors
Any climbing aids such as step ladders must be put away immediately after use No chemicals such as bleach and detergents’ should be left out Electrical plug sockets should be covered at all times
All exit doors should be locked
All fire escapes should be clear
In addition we must also be vigilant in noticing how a child attends that day. For example do they have a bruise on their face and if so it should be noted or has the bruise been noticed later during the day. If this is the case then every attempt should be made to cooborate with another trained professional that they didn’t attend with the bruise. Then, it should be noted in the incident book. If we have any further concerns about the incident we should refer it to our line manager who in turn can follow it up.
Relevant legal requirements covering the way you relate to and interact with children.
The Children’s Act 2004
The Children Bill received Royal Assent on 15 November and is now the Children Act 2004. The Act provides a legislative spine for the wider strategy for improving children’s lives. This covers the universal services which every child accesses, and more targeted services for those with additional needs.
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The overall aim is to encourage integrated planning, commissioning and delivery of services as well as improve multi-disciplinary working, remove duplication, increase accountability and improve the coordination of individual and joint inspections in local authorities. The legislation is enabling rather than prescriptive and provides local authorities with a considerable amount of flexibility in the way they implement its provisions.
Details about the implementation of the Act and the wider reform programme are available in Every Child Matters: Change for Children.
The Children Act 2004 places a duty on local authorities to promote the educational achievement of looked after children
Relevant legal requirements and procedures covering confidentiality and the disclosure of information.
Data Protection Act 1998
The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament which defines UK law on the processing of data on identifiable living people. It is the main piece of legislation that governs the protection of personal data in the UK. Although the Act itself does not mention privacy, it was enacted to bring UK law into line with the European Directive of 1995 which required Member States to protect people’s fundamental rights and freedoms and in particular their right to privacy with respect to the processing of personal data. In practice it provides a way for individuals to control information about themselves. Most of the Act does not apply to domestic use, for example keeping a personal address book. Anyone holding personal data for other purposes is legally obliged to comply with this Act, subject to some exemptions. The Act defines eight data protection principles.
The types of information that should be treated confidentially: who you can and cannot share this information with.
What is Confidential Information?
Confidential information is:
personal information of a private or sensitive nature; and information that is not already lawfully in the public domain or...
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