Unit 204 – Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
In my opinion living in a diverse society, along with understanding and knowledge is a positive route to acceptance on a variety of levels. When looking at my own life values and experiences I feel that as a person I don’t have prejudices and discrimination, however dependant on circumstances and peers I may on occasion say something deemed to be a prejudice. However the audience I have understand that this isn’t my view and that the reason behind saying something is more as a joke. For example my sister in law is Scottish, a prejudgment would be that she doesn’t like to spend money, never thinks its cold and drinks whiskey. If I said any of these things to her she knows it’s a joke and can appreciate it for what it is without taking offence.
When around children and young people, they should be brought up to accept all cultures, race, religion, disability, skin tones and disability, I am of the opinion that all differences are what helps to make us who we are as a person and help develop ourselves in society. Whilst working with children who have no understanding or knowledge and from different backgrounds it is important to remember that this can affect their point of view and understanding. How a child is brought up at home and parental beliefs can be shown and could lead to discriminatory practice. Special educational needs, disability and religious beliefs can be explained to children and young people to give them the knowledge and understanding to form their own opinion from facts. By not making assumptions about children’s background, interests, abilities and needs its possible to provide more appropriate, effective and personalised support allowing them to all actively take part in school and society as a whole, giving them a full understanding to accept all people for who they are and what they believe.
The way in which all staff should promote