Identify the current legislation and codes of practice relevant to the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity.
The main legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusion are, The sex discrimination Act 1975 made it unlawful to discriminate against people on the grounds of their sex. The race relations Act 1975 made it illegal to treat any person less favourably than others because of race, skin colour, nationality or ethnic origin. The disability discrimination Act 1995 protect people with disabilities from unfair discrimination in areas such as employment, and access to goods and services. The sex discrimination Act 1986 and the race relations amendments Act 2000 have developed and extended anti-discrimination legislation. Since the race relations (amendment) Act 2000 came into force on 31st may 2002 all public authorities, including schools and local education authorities (LEAs) must have ‘due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination and promote equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different racial groups’. The special education needs and disability Act 2001 promotes better equality of opportunity for people with disabilities by establishing their legal right to equal access to schools, colleges and universities. The special education needs and disability Act 2001 amended part 4 of the disability discrimination Act 1995 to prevent discrimination against disabled people in their access to education. The rights of the individual are also protected by the data protection Act 1998, the human rights Act 1998 and the freedom of information Act 2000. The equality Act 2010 received royal assent on 8th April 2010. This Act provides a single legal framework with clear legislation effectively to tackle disadvantage and discrimination. The main provisions of the equality Act were introduced from October 2010 while the rest will be phased in over 2010-2013. The Act came into force for employment and education...
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