Unit 2 Tda 3.2 Task 3-4

Support Teaching & Learning
Level 3
Unit 2
TDA 3.2
Task 3-4

Legislation is put in place in schools to promote equality and to eliminate discrimination.   Here are just a few examples.
Children Act 1989 Children Act 2004 (Children's Services) Regulations 2005.
The Children Act 1989 aimed to ensure that the welfare of the child was paramount, working in partnership with parents to protect the child from harm. The Act was intended to strengthen the child’s legal position; to give him/her equal rights, feelings and wishes; and to ensure children were consulted and kept informed. The Children Act 2004 aims to further improve children’s lives and gives the legal underpinning to ‘Every Child Matters: Change for Children’ (2004).
The Children and Young Person Act 2008 has also been introduced. Its main purpose is to effect the recommendations set out in the White Paper ‘Care Matters: Transforming the Lives of Children and Young People in Care’ and "forms part of the Government's programme to ensure children and young people receive high quality care and support."
The Act includes provisions in relation to the well-being of children and young people and private fostering. It has a particular focus on older young people in care and those making the transition from care.
• Equality and diversity legislation 2011
The Equality Act is the most significant piece of equality legislation to be introduced for many years. It is there to strengthen protection, advance equality and simplify the law. Ninety per cent of the act came into force on 1 October 2010. The rest of it includes Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), which comes into effect in April 2011. The Equality Act brings together, and significantly adds to and strengthens, a number of previous existing pieces of legislation, including race and disability. One of the key changes is that it extends the protected characteristics to encompass:
• age
• disability
• gender reassignment