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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

When working in schools, the member of staff should always be aware of ways that children can experience prejudice and discrimination. Prejudice is mainly a negative feeling or attitude towards other children or young person, based on stereotypical assumptions, having no information or misinformation about them. Prejudice is about prejudgement basically making up our minds on something about someone before we have any personal experience of or facts about them. Our prejudices may be influenced by our wish to conform and follow others, by our vulnerability, upbringing, family attitudes, friends or by ignorance. Discrimination is a behaviour or action based on prejudice. Discrimination is the end result when a child or a young person is treated badly because they are different or disable and the reasons for this treatment are not relevant and cannot be justified. When people demonstrate prejudice, they often start to label children e.g a group of children who receive additional support with reading may be labelled as the 'slow' group. There are direct discrimination that happens to children and young person who is only allowed to access part of the curriculum and school activities because of their current situation such as race, gender or disability e.g where a school would not allow or accept a pupil because of their special educational need or a group of pupil do not let another pupil join in with them because of their race. The member of staff need to be aware of ways that children or young people might experience indirect discrimination. This can be more difficult to spot because indirect discrimination often occurs when practice and procedures are applied without consideration to individuals circumstances. A child will not be excluded directly but maybe unable to take part...
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