1.4 Explain the regulations and requirements for internal quality assurance in own area of practice
As part of my role I have to follow college policies and procedures on a daily basis and I can access these at any time through the shared access area on the database in college. The main acts and rules that I need to follow in my area are:
Health & Safety at Work Act (1974)
Everyone has a responsibility for the safety of themselves and others. Therefore, rules must be followed and safe practices adhered to. You should demonstrate best practice and lead by example. There are additional rules relating to taking learners on educational visits following a series of tragic accidents. Health and Safety legislation requires the assessor to comply with the rules of the organisation in which their trainee is working. ...view middle of the document...
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are required of assessors working with children and vulnerable adults. The Government holds lists of those deemed unsuitable to work with these groups and organisations should check these before appointing staff
The Equality Act 2010 Act was passed to ensure that no-one is discriminated against, irrespective of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, domestic circumstances, trade union membership, social or employment status. For the assessor this means ensuring language, handouts and other training and learning materials are free from bias, and that inappropriate comments are challenged and excluded from the training environment. When advertising courses and delivering learning, an assessor should not stereotype or in any way disadvantage groups of candidates. The environment and all should enable access and include facilities to meet all candidates ‘needs.
The Data Protection Act 1998 requires any organisation that holds any data on individuals, electronic or otherwise, for more than two months, to register as data users. It restricts the sharing of data. Caution should be taken when holding records associated with candidates, staff or partner companies. For my own workplace we have password protected computers for storage of electronic documents and a locked filing cabinet in a locked office for paper records.
Duty of care - Common, civil, statute and criminal law all apply to assessors. If you are proven to be negligent in an act, then you may have to compensate the injured party. This applies to individuals as well as to corporate responsibility. All organisations including placements providing opportunities for candidates to learn skills and knowledge must hold relevant insurances and have a risk assessment for all activities. Failure to do so is negligence.