1.1 Summarise key aspects of legislation, regulatory requirements, and codes of practice relating to own role and responsibilities.
A role is: The function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation A responsibility is: the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone
The two statements above describe, in their more simplistic terms, what a roles or responsibilities are and can be applied to any individual in any position. When exploring the role and responsibilities of a facilitator within lifelong learning we can relate these two definitions when talking about legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice.
Legislation plays a key role in Lifelong Learning, as you will see below, legislation is there to protect the health and safety of learners and facilitators, co-ordinate the distribution and confidentiality of data and information and to ensure individuals do not face discrimination.
Health and safety at work act 1974
At Communities into training and employment (CITE) all staff members are obligated to ensure the safety of persons within/ around the facility where a task or role is being carried out, where reasonably possible this is done by making sure we all follow health and safety legislation which can be found on the HSE website . Within CITE Benjamin Laryea is responsible and trained to carry out risk assessments, he must make sure that a risk assessment is carried out at every location a course is delivered from. All risk assessments must be properly recorded, be brought to the attention of all CITE staff members and be accessible upon request.
On every course learners are taken through health and safety procedures on their first day of the course where they are informed of what action they must take in the event of an emergency, they are told where the nearest fire exits are, where the assembly points is and who to contact in the event of an emergency. This information is also replicated within their Pre-Employment Training Learner hand book which is theirs to take with them.
Data Protection act 1998
The Data protection act was put in place to protect the way in which information is used between businesses, organisations and government. Organisations, businesses and government must follow guidelines set by this piece of legislation called Data protection principals. Some of these principals are to ensure information provided is
used fairly and lawfully
used for limited, specifically stated purposes
used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive -
kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
handled according to people’s data protection rights
kept safe and secure
not transferred outside the UK without adequate protection
As a trainer at CITE this would be put into practice by ensuring that leaners understand the forms and information they are given and are aware of what the data collected will be used for. We make sure that we only collect information that is necessary for the course and that all information collected is stored in locked filing draws and password protected computers. At CITE all archived information that is no longer relevant is shredded or deleted after ? years.
Equality Act 2010
This act replaced the previous anti-discrimination legislation combining them into one act. Thus act was put into place to protect individuals from being discriminated against on various grounds.
It is our responsibility to make sure that all learners on the course are aware of what discrimination is and that it will not be tolerated from any individual. As with the health and safety information, its clearly explained on the very first day of the course what will not be tolerated in regards to discrimination. Because we recognise the...
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