Child Care Services for Local Authority – There are many Laws and Legislation that govern Child Care within the Local Authority and at Child Protection Training we can deliver both specialised training and consultancy within your Organisation.
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Legislation Governing Childcare Services
There are a number of laws in the UK that affect children and childcare services; some are designed to give children certain rights, whilst others are aimed at protecting them from harm. Below is a brief summary of some of the relevant legislation.
The Children Act 1989
Child Care Services for Local Authority – This Act aims to protect the child from harm and to work in partnership with parents, ensuring that the welfare of the child is paramount. The 1989 Children Act provides the statutory framework for Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in need , in terms of children’s health and development, where health means’ physical or mental health’ and development means ‘physical .intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development.’
Children Act 2004
Statutory guidance on making arrangements to Safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 states:
“The support and protection of children cannot be achieved by a single agency – Every Service has to play its part. All staff must have placed upon them the clear expectation that their responsibility is to the child and his or her family.”
Safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The application of this duty will vary according to the nature of each agency and its functions. The key people and bodies that are covered by the duty are:
- Local authorities including district councils
- Probation Service
- NHS bodies (Strategic Health authorities, Designated Special Health Authorities, Primary care Trust, NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts.)
- Organisations (currently the Connexions Service) providing services under section 114 of the Learning & Skills Act 2000
- Youth Offending Teams
- Directors of Secure Training Centres
- The British transport Police
Section 11 also states that it places a duty on key people and bodies to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are discharged with regard to the need to
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in both this guidance and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013
The first Education Act came into force in 1921, and has been updated a number of times since that date, most recently in 2002. The Education Act covers what children are taught in nursery schools, state nursery classes and maintained schools, along with staff training and qualifications, and inspection regimes.
Protection of Children Act 1999
This Act creates a system for identifying persons considered to be unsuitable to work with children.
Sexual Offences Act 2003
This Act strengthens the Sex Offenders Register and aims to further protect children from sexual crimes, extending the existing abuse of position of trust offences.
Other Laws that affect children
- Data Protection Act 1984
- Disability Discrimination Act 1995
- Equal Pay Act 1970
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
- Human Rights Act 1989
- Mental Health Act 1983
- Race Relations Act 1976
- Sex Discrimination Act 1975
- Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001