Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
Identify the current legislation and codes of practice relevant to the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity.
When working in a school it is important that staff is aware of the ever changing legislation, especially the aspects related to promoting equality and valuing diversity. We need to be able to identify their relevance in school and that we are aware of them when carrying out our roles.
Current legislation and Codes of Practice
Every Child Matters 2003 - covers children and young adults up to the age of 19, or 24 for those with disabilities. Its main aims are for every child, whatever their background or circumstances, to have the support they need to: •
Enjoy and achieve
Make a positive contribution
Achieve economic well-being
Each of the above has a detailed framework. In order for success within these frameworks many different agencies work together. The agencies in partnership may include, children’s centers, early years, schools, children’s social work services, primary and secondary health services, Playwork and Child and Adolescent Mental Health services. It is important that all these professionals work together and understand each other roles in order to provide the best possible service. The fundamental aim of Every Child Matters is to ensure every pupil is given the chance to be able to work towards the goals referred to within it. Children Act 2004 - aims to ensure that the welfare of the child is paramount and works in partnership with parents to protect children from harm. The Act is intended to strengthen the child’s legal position, to give him/her equal rights, feelings and wishes and ensures children are consulted and kept informed. The Race Relations Act 1976 (amended 2000) – makes it unlawful to treat a person less favourably than another on the grounds of race including, race, colour, nationality and national or ethnic origin. The Act outlawed discrimination whether it is direct, indirect or victimisation. It placed a general duty to promote race equality and good race relations. Positive discrimination (affirmative action) is illegal in the UK and The Race Relations Act does not allow it. In other words a teacher cannot change the stability of the classroom by selecting a child mainly because she or he is from a particular racial group. This would be discrimination on racial grounds and against the law. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (amended 2005) - it is unlawful to discriminate against people in respect of their disabilities. All disabled people should be treated in a fair and equal way in relation to employment, the provision of services, education and transport. It has been unlawful for service providers to treat disabled people less favourably for a reason related to their disability. They have had to make adjustments for disabled people, such as providing extra help or making changes to the way they provide their services. Also service providers may have to make other adaptations in relation to the physical features of a building in order to overcome physical barriers. Schools are now encouraged to include children with disabilities into mainstream school. Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 - introduces the right for disabled pupils (primary age - higher education) not to be discriminated against in education, training and any services provided for pupils. Student services covered by the Act can include a wide range of educational and non-educational services, such as field trips, examinations and assessments, short courses, arrangements for work placements and libraries and learning resources. It will be unlawful to treat a disabled person ‘less favourably’ than a non-disabled person for a reason that relates to the person’s disability. If a disabled person is at a significant disadvantage, you are required to...
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