J Doherty

Name Jacquie Doherty                         Date   25/11/14                                                 Evidence____

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TDA 3.6

2.1 Describe the ways in which children and young people can experience prejudice and discrimination

Discrimination is the unfair treatment of a person or group deemed different from others or society. Discrimination derives from prejudices towards these groups of people, where negative attitudes have developed. Family, friends, workplace and society can affect these attitudes. It is part of my job as a teaching assistant to fight discrimination where I find it and for this I adopt the theory of anti-discriminatory practice. Discrimination takes many different forms so teachers must be vigilant. One form of discrimination that can be found in schools is to do with gender, physically disabled children face discrimination if, due to their condition, they are unable to access facilities in their physical environment. Perhaps one of the biggest forms of prejudice in our society relates to race. Children who are racially different from other can be deemed in some situations less desirable. They may also find it more difficult to communicate if English is not their first language therefore becoming more socially isolated. Children can be discriminated against if they are new to the school or gifted and talented or perhaps looked after by carers.   There is so much peer pressure placed on children and young people to fit in and conform with expected behaviours and appearances and so many children come up against bullying and discrimination from their own peers and the impact this can have upon children can be detrimental. It can have a very negative effect on their self-esteem causing them to withdraw socially, affecting their relationships with others as they become less inclined to join in with activities. It can also affect their learning, making them...