Childcare and Education Unit 3 E1 and E2

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Unit 3 E1 and E2 Human Rights Act (2000) 'It requires courts and tribunals to make judgements using certain articles of the European Convention on Human Rights as a starting point. The Act was not designed specifically to protect children but they are accorded the same rights as adults. This means they have the right to dignity, respect and fairness in the same way they are treated. Thus a setting is not able to use corporal punishment (smacking or caning) even if a parent consents to it, because it is seen as degrading and a violation of a child's rights. The Human RIghts Act means that parents of children are also protected.' To me this means that although children are protected by this act, so are the parents. Also that children are not allowed to be smakced or caned by anyone in a nursery or school as it is frowned upon and seen as degrading and a violation of a childs rights. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child 'In addition to the Human Rights Act, the UK is also a signatory to the UN Convention on the Right of the child (UNCRC). This was drawn up in 1989 and gives children and young people under the age of 18 years their own special rights.' As an early years practitioner to me this means that every country signed the UNCRC agreement and the Human Rights Act (2000) apaart from somalia and the USA. As the UNCRC was drawn up in 1989, children under the age of 18 are given their own rights. Equality Act (2006) 'This Act is relatively new and comes into force from Autumn 2007. A key part of the Act is the esablishment of the commission for Equality and Human Rights. It will enforce equality legislation on age, disability and health, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status, and encourage compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998. The commission for Equality and Human Rights will replace the following
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