Assignments – CCLD Level 3

K3C155 – Research the legal requirements covering the way you relate to and interact with children
There are legal requirements covering the way in which you relate to children and how you interact with them. These are the key pieces of legislation:-
    • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
    • Human Rights Act 1998
    • Data Protection Act 1998
    • Protection of Children Act 1999.
    • The Children Act (1989)
    • The Race Relations Act (1976), Amendments (2000) and Regulations (2003)
    • Disability Discrimination Act (1995)
    • The Sex Discrimination Act (1975)
For example when interacting with children I should always treat them as a valued human beings treating all children with respect and dignity, providing guidance through praise and encouragement, these are the acceptable ways to relate and interact with children.
The unacceptable behaviour includes the ill treatment of children in many forms i.e, physical punishment, verbal abuse, deprivation of food. This is required by law under the Children Act (1989), which states children have a right to be treated like a human being. It is a set of regulations and guidelines for early childhood education services. The way in which adults behave with and towards children in the childcare environment forms part of these regulations. It provides legislation relating to the ways in which adults should behave and a range of practises which are unacceptable behaviour.
Furthermore, all interactions with children should not be biased or in any way discriminatory, and in a group no child should be excluded and I should not show favouritism or prejudice. I should also provide the children with the key things stated in the Every Child Matters policy – i.e. whatever the child’s background or circumstances - they should have the support they need to:
    • Be healthy
    • Stay safe
    • Enjoy and achieve
    • Make a positive contribution
    • Achieve...

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