Unit 3: Equality and Diversity

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Unit 3: Equality and Diversity in Work with Children and Young People In this essay I am going to identify and describe how prejudice and discrimination impact on individuals and groups in school settings, by researching the current legislations, policies and procedures that are in place for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. I have thought about how our own attitude and behaviour impacts on the children and young people we work with and how important it is to promote anti-discriminatory practice whilst working with children and young people. 1. Understand the importance of promoting equality and diversity in work with children and young people 1.1 Identify the current legislation and codes of practice relevant to the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity When protecting children (and staff) from discrimination there are various different legislations and codes of practice relating to equality and diversity; * Disability Discrimination Act 1995 protects the rights of people with disabilities. It also places a duty on schools to eliminate barriers to ensure that individuals can gain equal access to services. * The disability discrimination Act 2005 - Places a duty for schools to produce a Disability Equality Scheme (DES) and an Access Plan. Schools must encourage participation in all aspects of school life and eliminate harassment and unlawful discrimination. * Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 - Makes it unlawful for educational providers to discriminate against pupils with a special educational need or a disability. * SEN Code of Practice 2002 – Provides practical advice to LEA’s, maintained schools, early education settings and others on carrying out their statutory duties to identify, access and make provision for children’s special educational needs. * Race Relations (Amendment) Act

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