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Unit 204 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.

Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. Promoting equality should remove discrimination in all of the areas described above. Bullying, harassment or victimization are also considered forms of equality and diversity issues.

Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people? differences to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all staff and students. It is a legal duty that each school must produce a range of policies which formally sets out the guidelines and procedures for ensuring equality. These must take into account the rights of all individuals and groups within the school. Policies may also extend to all aspects of school life, and not just what happens in the classroom.

The rights of all children and young people are stated in the United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child (1989) which was ratified in the UK in 1991 , this ensures that the rights of children in the UK are protected through law. These rights are all encompassing and include the right to an education and the right to have their views respected. The basis of law that underpins the government statutory code of practice and frameworks, school policies and procedures relating to equal opportunity and inclusive practice that in the role of a TA (Teaching Assistant) needs to be aware of and understand the six areas of diversity in law are disability, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and religion / belief. Discrimination is forbidden in these areas, enforced by legislation including:

Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (amended...
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