Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
TDA 2.4 – 1.1
These are some of the relevant legislations, which forms a basis for government statutory codes of practice and school policies and procedures that are equal opportunity and inclusive practice. Special Educational Needs And Disability Act 2001 - makes it lawful for people who provide education to discriminate against people with a special educational need or disability. Disability Discrimination Act 1995 - protects the rights for disabled children and young people. It places duty’s for schools to eliminate barriers to make sure that every individual child and young person gain equal access to services. Disability Discrimination Act 2005 - schools must encourage participation in all aspects of school life and eliminate harassment and lawful discrimination. Children Act 1989 - brings out the duty of local authorities to provide certain services to meet the needs of children and young people. Children Act 2004 - sets out the duty to provide effective services for all children. Equality Act 2010 - shows the legal responsibilities of public bodies this includes schools to provide equality of opportunity for all citizens. Most schools have mission statement which shows the dedication of the school towards inclusion and equality of opportunity. Policies are developed in response to legislation, codes of practice and statutory frameworks. Schools should include ways in which they can promote the rights and equality of opportunity for children and young people in their school policies.
TDA 2.4 – 1.2
Describe the importance of supporting the rights of children All schools have the duty to make sure that all children and young people have equal access to the curriculum irrespective of their background, race, gender, culture or even disability. To understand the importance of supporting the rights of children and young people you could always involve them in planning delivery and evacuation of activities and services, taking their opinions into consideration could always work. For example, raising achievement is promoting equality of access to the curriculum, which will maximize the personal achievement of children and young people. The groups which have raised particular concern are children from black and minority ethnic groups or children who are vulnerable because of their physical circumstances. Equal opportunity certainly does not mean treat every person the same but making sure the curriculum meets the individual needs of all pupils. Helping the children improve participation is very important. This includes everyone within the school such as, all teachers and students. This could be achieved by a parents meeting or student councils or even in the classroom when a child or young person is asked about how they learn better, what works, what does not work or even what could work better. Children and young people should also have the chance to become independent learners when they are able to make their own decisions and have control of their own learning, at this rate children will feel more motivated to achieve their full potential. Children and young people should also get help improving their relationship between individuals and groups, children must have their rights protected but should also learn about their responsibilities towards other individuals. This can be formed by your everyday contact with groups of children and young people. Policies which promote equality and inclusion give out a positive atmosphere and give out mutual respect.
TDA 2.4 – 1.3
Why is it important to value and promote cultural diversity in work with children and young people? And what are the benefits? We now live in such a diverse society with different religions and cultures that it is important that we value and promote cultural diversity especially when working with children. It is important that we teach children that it...
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