Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work Children and Young People.

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TDA 2.4 Equality, diversity and inclusion in work children and young people.
Unfortunately some children, at some point in their life will experience some form of discrimination. This could be anything from being called names because they wear glasses or being shunned in the playground because they aren’t wearing the latest fashion in coats or trainers. Sadly as children become young people this could also grow into discrimination due to their race, colour or even sexual preferences.
Whatever the age and whatever the reason, the impact and effect of discrimination and prejudice on children and young people can be extreme and can also have far reaching consequences for the sufferers – even following them into adulthood.
Discrimination
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Individual discrimination occurs when individual persons or groups of people within a school discriminates against others – that could be against staff, children, visitors or parents.
The effects suffered by people who are discriminated against are always negative and can show themselves in a variety of ways. Children suffering discrimination may develop many symptoms. Some of which could be: Their confidence dwindles. Their standard of work may drop. They may be confused by other people’s treatment of them. They could start being angry - with themselves or others. A child could begin to lose self-esteem and become lazy and unco-operative.
As all children and young people are different they would all react differently to being discriminated against, but any changes in behaviour or attitude could be an indication that something is going on.
A major part of working with children and young people is to protect their rights and keep them from harm. So it is important that any adult does not let personal prejudices affect their work. They must look at their own values and attitudes and make sure they don’t have an impact on their work. With knowledge and understanding of different cultures and races that are in the school community many prejudices can be overcome. Working with special Educational Needs children and learning about what they can and cannot do – for whatever reason – also breaks
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