1. Understand the importance of promoting equality and diversity in work with children and young people
1.1identify the current legislation and codes of practice relevant to the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity 1.2describe the importance of supporting the rights of all children and young people to participation and equality of access 1.3describe the importance and benefits of valuing and promoting cultural diversity in work with children and young people
There are many rules to adhere to when working with children and young people especially when equality and diversity come into the equation. When working with children the main discriminations will more than likely be in relation to age, disability, race and religion. As the children in school are of primary age they are still quite young to understand how they can discriminate people. They can be doing this by leaving children out of games or calling and laughing at them. However children do notice that some people around them may be different. i.e. race, disability and until it is pointed out to them they will not know they are discriminating and will not learn the value of equality.
Below are some legislations that have been brought into place to help this.
Disability discrimination Act (1995 and 2005)
This act provides protection for everybody with a disability in all aspects of life, employment, education etc. With regards to education this law ensures that education authorities have to take steps to promote disability equality, eliminate discrimination and publish a Disability Equality Scheme. This will help eliminate harassment and unlawful discrimination. A school’s Disability Equality Scheme sets out ways to help the school promote a healthy positive attitude towards pupils, staff, and anybody else within the school with a disability. There will also be an action plan which will show what changes to make when a disability discrimination issue may appear. For example if ramps, lifts, special lighting, desks etc are needed.
Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001
This act makes it unlawful for education providers to discriminate against pupils with a special education need or disability. Schools have to make reasonable provisions to ensure that people with special needs are given the same opportunities as those who are not disabled.
Race Relations Act 2000
This act prevents discrimination on the grounds of race and helps to promote good working relationships between all races.
Human Rights Act 1998
This act helps people take action if they feel their human rights have been affected.
Children Act 1989 and 2004
Schools have a general duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their care who are in need. The Children’s Act 2004 provides effective and accessible services for all children and promotes the fiver Every Child Matters outcomes. In Wigan these are: Be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and finally achieve economic well being.
Education Act 1996
This act sets out schools responsibilities towards people with special needs in regards to education. Schools have to provide additional support, resources and equipment to ensure the child’s needs are being met.
Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act was brought into place to make sure public bodies such as schools are providing everybody with the same chances and being treated fairly and equally. This law combines 9 previous equality laws together to make the new title Equality Act 2010. The previous laws were: • Equal Pay Act of 1970
• The Sex Discrimination Act 1975
• The Race Relations Act 1976
• The Disability Discrimination Act 1995
• The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 • The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 • The Employment Equality...