Cu1532 Promoting Equality and Diversity.

1.1i Diversity means literally variety, whether it’s a variety of viewpoints, or races, or religions, or abilities.

1.1ii Equality means all individuals being equal, in rights, legal status and the opportunities offered to the individual. However it does not mean treating everyone the same, but rather treating everyone with respect for their individual beliefs and choices, whatever those might be.

1.1iii Inclusion means being included in a group or opportunity.

1.2 Discrimination takes many forms, from mere avoidance of a person or group, to threats, intimidating behaviour and can even lead to murder of members of the group being discriminated against. Although it rarely goes that far, discrimination in day-to-day life can have lots of effects, both mental and physical. Some of the emotional effects of discrimination on the individual include depression, anger, low self esteem and isolation. The physical effects on the individual discriminated against can include stress-related illnesses, and high blood pressure. The people responsible for the discrimination may begin to view the people or person discriminated against as less than they are, which can lead to de-humanising the group or person. This in turn can mean that acts of violence or further acts of discrimination are viewed as acceptable because the people on the receiving are "less" than the others.

1.3 Inclusive practice supports diversity by accepting and supporting and accepting each child or young person for their own personal beliefs, sexuality, gender, language, race or disability. It sets a good example of inclusive behaviour for other young people to follow. It teaches by example that everyone is different and that a person’s sexuality, race, disability, etc, should not mean that person should be treated with any less respect. It helps children to feel safe in their beliefs and in themselves, because they know that they won’t be judged for their choice, which encourages them to develop...