Introduction to Legislations


Legislations are laws that most of the countries follows. We have the Parliament in the United Kingdom, which is a body dedicated primarily to passing and amending laws. When a piece of legislation is enacted, it is called a statutory law. Before a law comes into place, it is called a bill.
Legislations are important in schools because, all the adults within the school have a responsibility to safeguard the pupils. Legislations in schools are also required to raise standards of school education. There must be a staff member who acts as a Safeguarding Lead who is responsible for safeguarding children and for e-safety.
The need for improved legislation comes from high profile cases like Victoria Climbie, Baby Peter , Maria Colwell etc. The children’s services responsible for protecting them did not do their jobs properly and had not been working together.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)

This is a legally binding international agreement or treaty that set out civil, political, economic , social and cultural rights of every child regardless of their race , religion or abilities.
It consists of 54 articles that sets out the children's rights. The countries which signed this treaty , including UK in 1991, are legally bound to adopt this legislation. It tells how the governments should work together to make sure that all these rights are available to all the children.

Louise Burnham (2010) - Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Heinemann - part of Pearson Education Limited- Pages 16,18, 20 , 47, 53 - About Acts and Units 3.4.3