3. Explain the Regulations and Requirements Relevant to Assessment in Your Own Area of Practice

Explain the regulations and requirements relevant to assessment in your own area of practice

Assessors must work within the boundaries of the law and professional values. There are a vast number of laws, directives and professional ethics. These are constantly changing or being updated. Every organization will have its own policies and procedures relating to these legal aspects and there are some differences in requirements, depending upon the age of learners and environment.
The main acts and rules

Health & Safety at Work Act (1974)
Everyone has a responsibility for the safety of themselves and others. Therefore, rules must be followed and safe practices adhered to. You should demonstrate a model of best practice and lead by example. There are additional rules relating to taking learners on educational visits following a series of tragic accidents.

The Management of Health & Safety at work Regulations (1999)
the legislation seeks to prevent unsafe practices and minimise risk. For example, fire and emergency procedures, first aid at work, safe handling practices, visual display unit codes, risk assessment.

Risk assessment
All activities have an element of risk, some more so than others. It is the assessor’s responsibility to assess the level of the risk, establish practices to minimize risk and record such activities.

Child Protection Guidelines
Several recent high-profile cases have brought about the necessity to introduce legislation and guidance on protecting children and vulnerable adults against inappropriate behaviour. Each organisation should exercise their functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children (Protection of Children Act, 1999).

Mandatory Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are required of assessors working with children and vulnerable adults. The Government holds lists of those deemed unsuitable to work with these groups and organisations should check these before appointing staff....