Outcome 1 Promote equality and diversity in work with children and young people
1.1 Current legislation and codes of practice
Every Child Matters 2003 and Children Act 2004
These were put into place to ensure that all organisations and agencies involved with children between birth and 19 years should work together ensure that children have the support needed to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and ahieve economic well-being.
The key aspect of the Act was to overhaul child protection and chilren’s services in the UK. Every Child Matters has been futher developed through the publication of the Children’s Plan 2007 which sets out to improve ...view middle of the document...
Also, there must be an Accessibility Plan in place which identifies how th school will increase access to the curriculum improve the physical environment and provide information in a range of ways to meet the needs of individuals with diability.
SEN Code of Practice 2001
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 strengthened the rights of parents and SEN children to mainstream education. It made significant changes to the educational opportunities that are available to children with disabilities and special educational needs.
Human Rights Act 1998
The United Nations first set a standard on human rights in 1948 with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1998 the Human Rights Act gave a further legal status to this. The basic human rights are:
the right to life
freedom from torture and degrading treatment
freedom from slavery and forced labour
the right to liberty
the right to fair trial
the right not to be punished for something that wasn’t a crime when you did it
the right to respect for private and family life
freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and freedom to express your beliefs
freedom of expression
freedom of assembly and association
the right to marry and to start a family
the right not to be discriminated against in respect
t of these rights and freedoms
the right to peaceful enjoyment of your property
the right to an education
the right to participate in free elections
the right not to be subjected to the death penalty.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989
The UK signed this legally binding agreement in 1990. It leads on from the Human Rights Act and sets out the rights of all children to be treated equally and fairly and without discrimination.
1.2 The imprtance of promotiong the rights to participation and equality of access
All pupils should be able to fully access all areas of the curriculum. The advent of the Every Child Matters framework and the focus on personalised learning in all sectors of education has also made this high on the agenda. The reasons for this are:
- all children have a right to learn and play together
- children should not be discriminated against for any reason
- inclusion is concerned with improving schools for staff as well as pupils
Equal opportunities in education:
- children and young people do better in inclusive settings, both academically and socially
- children and young people should not need to be separated to achieve adequate educational provision
- inclusive education is a more efficient use of educational resources
- inclusion in education is one aspect of inclusion in society
- children need to be involved and integrated with all of their peers.
We always have to be aware of the needs of different pupils, whatever these may be. These may become more apparent as we get to know individual pupils. These who may be vulnerable could include...