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Legislation and Policy that affects the care of children and young people.

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P2- Identify the current relevant legislation affecting the care of children and young people. M1-Analyse how policies and procedures help children/young people and their families whilst the child is being looked after D1 - Evaluate the legislative rights of the child/ young person and the rights of their families, bearing in mind the needs of the child/ young person are paramount. UN convention order 1989 - The main aim of the Order is the protection of the child and the protection of their welfare. The principles of the 1989 UN convention on the Rights of the Child for example, support the view that concerned attention should be given by families and the State to various aspects of children's lives, including education, care, recreation, culture and health, and children's social behaviour. The act places duty on local authority social services departments to investigate and take steps to prevent child abuse taking place. ...read more.

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The idea of the Children's act is to ensure that children between the ages of 5 and 13 are in regular attendance at school, reduce the risk of crime carried out by children between these ages and also ensure that they have the best possible start in live. This act is good for all children especially for looked after children and their families as it reassures them that the child is in a safe environment, able to enjoy life, help their child in the quest to succeed and help to make a positive contribution to the life of the child. The down side is that not all children are in a safe environment which social services haven't came across yet. In a Primary school setting this act would be reinforced by the pastoral care policy. This policy would reassure the parent or carer that their child is being provided with a caring, and safe environment which the child could learn and to develop to their full potential. ...read more.

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say what you like - this is called freedom of expression * The right to hang out with other people and share ideas - this is called freedom of peaceful assembly and association * The right to get married and to have a family * The right to enjoy all your Convention rights without discrimination This is good for the parents and the looked after child and their family as it reassures them that the child should have the right to all the human rights listed above. The strength is that the child is entitled to all their rights. In a primary school setting they could have an anti bullying policy which fits into the human rights act as it gives the child the right to not suffer from torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Bullying is a highly distressing and damaging form of abuse and the anti bullying policy reassures both the parent and the child that it will not be tolerated. ...read more.

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