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Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people

1.Understand the importance of promoting equality and diversity in work with children and young people.

1.1.Identify the current legislation and codes of practice relevant to the promotion of equality and valuing diversity. Disability Discrimination Act 1995
Disability Discrimination Act 2005
Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
Race Relations Act 2000
Human Rights Act 1998
Children Act 1989
Children Act 2004
Education Act 1996
Equality Act 2010
1.2.Describe the importance of supporting the rights of all children and young people to participation and equality of access. All pupils have the right to a broad and balanced curriculum. Schools have a duty to ensure all pupils have equal access to the curriculum irrespective of their background, race, culture, gender, additional need or disability. It is important to ensure that the curriculum meets individual needs of all pupils. This involves understanding the barriers which exist. Intervention strategies, such as additional support, can then be put into place. 1.3.Describe the importance and benefits of valuing and promoting cultural diversity in work with children and young people. Cultural diversity in work with children and young people is very important and beneficial because recognising and promoting cultural diversity of individuals and groups will enrich learning and promote the knowledge and understanding of all pupils. In our school diversity is acknowledged through posters and at particular times of the year through festivals. Promoting an understand of cultural diversity helps to prevent stereotyping and reduces prejudice and discrimination.

2.Understand the impact of prejudice and discrimination on children and young people.

2.1.Describe ways in which children and young people can experience prejudice and discrimination. As a member of staff I am aware of the ways in which children and young people can experience prejudice and discrimination. Prejudice can occur through lack of knowledge and understanding of diversity. For example, a child who has a disability may be assumed to have learning difficulties. Discrimination occurs when children do not receive equality of opportunity. This may happen because of their race, culture, social background, sexual orientation, special educational needs or disability.

2.2.Describe the impact of prejudice and discrimination on children and young people. Prejudice and discrimination on children and young people has a negative impact on them. As well as affecting academic progress of children, discrimination can negatively impact their overall health and well-being. When children and young people feel they are being discriminated against they may experience: •Loss of self-esteem

Anger
Depression
Lack of motivation
Confusion
Disempowerment

2.3.Assess how own attitudes, values and behaviour could impact on work with children and young people. An individuals’ background, upbringing and experiences can have an effect on attitudes, values and behaviour towards children and young people. Personal prejudices, which may lead to discriminatory practice, can be overcome through developing a greater understanding of diverse groups in society. I do not make assumptions about children and young people, finding out about their backgrounds, interests, abilities and individual needs helps me to provide more effective, appropriate and personalised support. 2.4.Describe the importance of promoting anti-discriminatory practice in work with children and young people. The promotion of anti-discriminatory practice underpins all work in our school. It is not sufficient to have policies about anti-discriminatory practice or just to pay lip service to it. Our school demonstrates anti-discriminatory practice, they monitor the ways that positive practice impacts on the education and well-being of the children and...
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