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Effects of National Policy and Legislation on Care Practice and Provision Every child matters In this section I am going to be talking about one national legislation on a care practice and provision. The government are working together to improve the lives of children, young people and their families. They are trying to make a change in the quality of accessibility and coherence of services so that every child and young person is able to fulfil their full potential and those facing particular obstacles are supported to overcome them. http://publications.everychildmatters.gov.uk/eOrderingDownload/DfES10812004.pdf The Children Act 2004 provides the legislative foundation for whole-system reform to support this long-term and ambitious programme. It outlines new legislative responsibilities and explains the accountabilities for children's services. Green paper There have been numerous green papers which were part of the conciliation period. In 2003, the government published a Green Paper which was called Every Child Matters. This published alongside the death of Victoria Climbi�; this was a young girl who was horrifically abused and tortured, and was eventually killed by her great aunt and the man they lived with. Due to this, it brought recognition of the need to bring more consistency to the inspection of services for children. The Green Paper was built on existing plans to strengthen preventative services by focusing on four key themes: - Increasing the focus on supporting families and carers - the most critical influence on children's lives. - Ensuring necessary intervention takes place before children reach crisis point and protecting children from falling through the net. - Addressing the underlying problems identified in the report into the death of Victoria Climbi� - weak accountability and poor integration. - Ensuring that the people working with children are valued, rewarded and trained. With the green paper being put in place, it prompted exceptional debate about services for children, young people and families, included with this there were consultations with working people working in children's services and parents, children and young people. ...read more.


Due to the increase of childhood obesity, the government have tried to introduce initiatives by doing the following:- - Putting in place healthy eating campaigns - Encouraging more healthy and physical exercise Schools have a responsibility to children but in many ways because of a wide range of factors they shy away from that because they can become sensitive about labelling children overweight or obese. A professor of a 'fat camp' said that he thought that if teachers became to sensitive about the issue, they could be making the situation much more worse. Many concerns with tackling this area is the following: - Some teachers think that it may upset the children by identifying them as overweight or obese The professors response, was that the children already know they are overweight, because they will get teased and bullied about their sizes at school http://www.teachers.tv/video/20587 Schools now have a vital part in tackling teenage pregnancy by providing help in the form of social and emotional skills. The government see schools having an important role in its overall strategy to halve teenage pregnancy by 2010. They also think if teenage parents are encouraged to increase their participation in education and training or employment there would be a reduced risk of long-term social exclusion. The government have come to the conclusion that they think that there is a higher pregnancy rate in those with low educational achievements, even after adjusting for the effects of deprivation. Nearly 40% of teenage mothers leave school with no qualification. 'Work in schools on improving young people's emotional health and well-being - which is recognised as a strong protective factor against a range of outcomes - has become a much higher priority over recent years. The development of children and young people's social and emotional skills is key to promoting positive behaviour and effective learning.' http://www.guardian.co.uk/everychildmatters/story/0,,1891997,00.html Schools have now put in place a scheme called 'clinic in a box', and this is where - reducing smoking - suicide rates within teenagers http://www.tda.gov.uk/upload/resources/pdf/e/ecm_leaflet_01.pdf http://www.guardian.co.uk/everychildmatters How has the Every Child Matters policy affected schools? ...read more.


into their private lives, which is intruding on basic human rights and could also put mine or other subject teachers careers on the line. Also, I don't agree with how due to the code someone could report me for something they claim I did on the weekend, I think this is unfair and unpractical because I think regardless of your profession I think when your out of school ours what you do is what you do, and it shouldn't oppose on your career path. When doing some research I came across some information where other teachers had spoke about this problem, and their was a statement underneath on of the quotes from a teacher from Keith Bartley, chief executive of the GTC, said "it is a well-established principle that individuals have a duty to uphold the reputation of their chosen profession, and this is backed by a substantial body of case law. We are absolutely explicit that the new code does not in any way intrude into teacher's private lives. The code is not open to interpretation." In this term, I don't think there is a problem with teachers letting their hair down during a weekend period, but then some people could criticize this comment by saying teachers have a role model standard to set to pupils inside and outside the classroom by maintaining 'reasonable standards in their own behaviour'. (http://www.tda.gov.uk/recruit/lifeasateacher.aspx) Quality assurance in the education sector is one of the major initiatives of the commonwealth of learning (COL). According to the code of conducts for teachers to meet quality assurance for their profession they would have to meet all criteria's such as: - They should look beyond themselves - Training - Have unbiased judgement I have used the national code of conduct for Teachers because regardless our local Lincoln code of conduct for Teachers is the same, and they are following the same practice. Teachers serve as role models to students and they actions and conduct reflect on the school as a whole. ...read more.

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