Differences and Diversity

The values and beliefs of the world’s religions and cultures are expressed in many ways through festivals and celebrations. Whether they relate to the seasons, living things or valued objects, they play a highly significant role in the lives of many children worldwide. This may be as part of their developing life in the family, the community and wider society, as well as nurturing their sense of identity, values and beliefs. Children are at a vulnerable risk in the early stages of their lives and adults have the power to affect and influence how children’s future beliefs and behaviour will develop (Pugh and Duffy, 2010). This is why children from separated families need added support through the different stages of their lives. Smith, Cowie and Blades (2003) support this as research evidence shows that conflict between parents can be distressing for children – whether it proceeds separation and divorce, or not.

With this in mind, the purpose of this assignment is to focus on parents who have separated and how different settings support children with the possibility of two extended families and in contrast how other settings do the same. This assignment will also examine the theory of attachment and separation, current political and legal frameworks that impact parents who have separated and the different support networks that are available for parents and how these settings share this information.

Diversity means difference and when used in a contrast or in addition to equality it is about recognising individuals, as well as group differences, by treating people as individuals and placing positive values on diversity in the community, work force and the early years (Macleod- Brudenell and Kay, 2008). The government says that it wants to make society and, in particular communities stronger, by getting people working together to run their own affairs and in July 2010, David Cameron launched a campaign called “The Big Society” with...