Challenging Discrimination

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Challenging Discrimination
Within this essay, I would like to describe how and when to challenge discrimination within school practice, and how this can in affect children and young people. What discrimination is and how to prevent it happening in schools. You should always challenge discrimination at school, but to do it, it is essential that you can recognise anti-discrimination practice. All schools have a discriminatory policy which all teachers and teaching assistants should read and follow. My role is to protect children and young people from discrimination, if you ignore discrimination when it happens this will be viewed as condoning. When discrimination happens it may be intentional, but it can also be because of ignorance or lack of understanding. It is not easy to change the views of others, but you must challenge discriminatory comments and actions. It is important to learn assertiveness strategies that can help you recognise discrimination. When challenging discrimination you should: explain what has happened or what has been said that is discriminatory, you should state the effect of this on the individual, group and others, and suggest ways to ensure anti-discriminatory practice. If you consider how a child might feel when they have experience discrimination: loss of self-esteem, disempowerment, confusion, anger, lack of motivation and sometimes depression. When child reports it, but is then ignored by the member of staff who is there to support them the chid would then feel that member of staff would share the same view of the perpetrator or believe that the way they have been treated is normal. But if you go ahead and report the discrimination, that child will feel, like their rights have not been ignored, and that you have helped to protect them, which gives them trust. In my conclusion, I feel that all children...
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