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Name: Katie Williams
Student Number: MD1138416
Address: 16 Croft Crescent
Penkhull, Stoke on Trent

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Outline current policies and legislation relating to children and how these affect your practice
Children have two types of human rights. Firstly, they have the same fundamental general human rights as adults, although some human rights such as the right to marry are dormant until they are of legal age. Secondly, they have special human rights that are necessary to protect them during their minority (UNICEF, 2005).
The Children Act (1989) is a legislation that states that children’s welfare should be paramount to all people who are in contact with children, it also states that every child has the right to be protected from abuse and exploitation. A key principle is that children are best looked after within their families, with their parents/carers playing a full time part in their lives, unless necessary intervention in family life is needed. Another key principle is that Local Authorities have a duty to provide services for children and their families, and all children and young people should have access to the same range of services. Certain aspects of the Act affect schools and educational support service staff.
The Children Act (1989) places a duty on staff within schools to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their care, and to provide a range and level of services appropriate to those children’s needs. Staff working within schools must also make child protection enquiries if they have reasonable cause to suspect a child in their care is suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.
The Protection of Children Act (1999) created a way to identify people considered to be unsuitable to work with children, this is achieved by criminal records being checked using the Disclosure and Barring...