Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People

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Unit 2.4 - 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 of diversity.

In the setting there is a range of policies which formally sets out guidelines and procedures for ensuring equality. Policies takes account of the rights of all individuals and groups within the school as well as considering the ways policies work to ensure equality, inclusion, policies also pay regards to the values and practice which are part of all aspect of school life.

United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Children (1989) UNCRC states the rights of all children and young people. The UK government ratified the treaty in 1991 and must ensure that the rights of children in the UK are protected through law. These rights are extensive and include the right to education and right to have their views respected. Below are a list of relevant legislation, which forms a basis for government statutory codes of practice and frameworks and school policies and procedures relating to equal opportunity and inclusive practice.

Legislation

Disability Discrimination Act 1995
Protects the rights of all those with disabilities. It also places a duty on schools and other organisations to eliminate barriers to ensure that individuals can gain equal access to services.

Disability Discrimination Act 2005
Places a duty for schools to produce a Disability Equality Scheme (DES) and an Access Plan. Schools must encourage participation in all aspects of school life and eliminate harassment and unlawful discrimination.

Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
Makes it unlawful for educational providers to discriminate against pupils with a special educational need or a disability.

Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
Outlines the duty of organisations to promote good relationship between people from different race.

Human Rights Act 1998
Sets out rights of all individuals and allows them to take action against authorities when their rights have been affected Children Act 1989
Sets out the duty of local authorities, including schools, to provide services according to the need of children and to ensure their safety and welfare.

Children Act 2004
Sets out the duty to provide effective and accessible services for all children and underpins the five Every Child Matters outcomes.

Education Act 1996
Sets out the school’s responsibilities towards children with special educational needs. The Act also requires schools to provide additional resources, equipment and/ or additional support to meet their needs.

Equality Act 2010
Sets out the legal responsibilities of public bodies, including schools, to provide equality of opportunity for all citizens. This Act covers nine equalities characteristics.

1. Age
2. Disability
3. Ethnicity
4. Gender
5. Gender reassignment
6. Marriage & Civil Partnership
7. Pregnancy & Maternity
8. Religion/belief
9. Sexual orientation

The Special Education Needs Code of practice 2001 (SEN)
This outlines the statutory guidance for the policy and procedures and responsibilities towards children with special educational needs. It includes the level of support which should be provided to children depending upon their individual need. For example, offering a broad and balanced curriculum whatever the child’s ability or needs and have high expectations of them .i.e. P.E, ICT etc. The setting, under the SEN code of practice 2001 is able to assess children’s level of learning and use the information to develop an appropriate curriculum. If the assessments show that a child may have a learning difficulty, then a range of strategies would be put in place that allows full use of all classroom and school resources. This...
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