Level 3 Teaching Assistant Assignment 4

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4 The legal responsibility of the school to the duty of care and the welfare of the child is that in the setting they will have their own set of policies and procedures in place which will be in line with legislation to ensure the safeguarding of children. The school will also follow the legal acts that are in place which are; The Children Act 1989 The Children Act 1989 is designed to help keep children safe and well and if necessary, help a child to live with their family by providing services appropriate to the child’s needs. This act brought about major reform in the law relating to children. There was national recognition that the old system was not working so The Children Act 1989 was passed. The Children Act 1989 covers the following: Reforms the law relating to children Makes provision for local authority services for children in need and others Amends the law with respect to children’s homes, community home, voluntary homes and voluntary organisations Makes provision with respect to fostering, child minding and day care for young children and adoption, and for connected purposes. The act has also been updated with the introduction of The Children Bill which received Royal Assent on 15 November and is now The Children Act 2004. The government has placed great focus on children’s issues and worked hard to safeguard all children whether in the care of their family or being cared for. However following a catalogue of errors by Haringey Social Services between 1999 and 2000 the Victoria Climbie tragedy came to light. This led to Lord Laming compiling a report and guidelines which we now know as Every Child Matters. The government’s aim is for every child, whatever their background or their circumstances to have the support they need to: Be healthy Stay safe Enjoy and achieve Make a positive contribution Achieve economic well-being This means
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