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Bill watch - what legislation is being discussed in parliament?

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Existing legislation is often updated regularly to keep up-to-date with ever-changing social values, events and incidents. In order to remain relevant, the law must uphold and reflect the values and beliefs of society in the present time.

But what is currently being talked about in parliament? Are updates incoming? Is new legislation just around the corner? We’ve taken a look at some changes that could affect the Health & Safety and HR Compliance landscape for organisations across the UK in the coming years. 

Amendments to the Education Act 2002 - Mental Health & Wellbeing

A bill is currently going through parliament that would see the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 amended. In short, the amendment would mean that schools, colleges, and universities would have a responsibility to:

(a) promote pupil mental health;

(b) support mental ill-health;

(c) make statements of policy in relation to their promotion of pupil mental health, and prevention and support for mental ill-health;

(d) promote training and information for school staff on the subject of mental health;

You can view the bill and its progress here.

Do iHASCO provide any training that can help me with this? 

Yes. We provide a range of Mental Health Awareness training courses and have designed a course specifically for Education professionals that raises awareness of poor mental health within the sector.  

Mandatory training on learning disabilities and autism

This bill focuses on mandating training on learning disabilities and Autism for all health and social care staff undertaking regulated activities in England. This includes:

(i) such appropriate support, training, professional development, supervision and appraisal as is necessary to enable them to carry out the duties they are employed to perform; and 

(ii) in particular, specialist training in person on learning disability and autism, appropriate to their role, as set out in the code of practice issued by the Secretary of State under section 2 of the Mandatory Training on Learning Disabilities and Autism Act 2020.”

You can view the bill and its progress here.

Do iHASCO provide any training that can help me with this? 

You may find our range of supporting children with complex needs courses helpful. These include Children with Epilepsy, Diabetes, Asthma, and Allergies

The wellbeing of future generations 

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill looks at requiring public bodies to act in pursuit of the UK's environmental, social, economic and cultural wellbeing by meeting wellbeing objectives, accounting for preventative spending and publishing future generations impact assessments. 

Part 2 of the bill looks at sustainable development and the impact on the environment, whilst part 5 of the bill looks specifically at the wellbeing duty on companies. 

You can view the bill and its progress here.

Do iHASCO provide any training that can help me with this? 

Yes. We provide Environmental Awareness training and a range of Mental Health Awareness training programmes. 

Already passed - Natasha’s Law

Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced back in June that a new law will require food businesses to include full ingredients labeling on pre-packaged foods. This law was named after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse tragically died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette. 

Do iHASCO provide any training that can help me with this? 

We provide Food Allergy Awareness training - an essential piece of training for food handlers.

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