Unit 204

Unit 204
Outcome 2   understand the impact of prejudice & discrimination on  
              children & young people.        
2:1   describe the ways in which children & young people can experience prejudice & discrimination.
When working within a school you will be aware of the ways in which a child can experience prejudice and discrimination.   Prejudice usually occurs through people’s lack of knowledge and understanding aswell as making assumptions about children who are part of a particular group ie, a child who is physically disabled may be assumed that they also have a learning disability.   When people experience prejudice they often go onto label the individual or group.   It tends to happen when a particular label or characteristic is given ie, a group who need extra help and support can be as being slow or thick, this isn’t true.  
Discrimination is often brought about by people prejudice and giving out of labels.   This happens when children don’t receive any equality of opportunity.   Everyone is discriminated against at some point in their lives be it for their age, gender, size or beliefs.   There are some groups and individuals in society who are more likely to experience discrimination, this may be because of their culture, race, sexual preference, social background, special educational needs or a disability.
There are many ways in which a child can experience discrimination, whether it is in a non-direct way or a direct way.   The two ways of discrimination are:
Direct Discrimination:   This can happen when a child doesn’t get access to the national curriculum and take part in   school activities because of their beliefs, race, gender or disability.
In-direct Discrimination:   Schools and their staff need to be aware of the ways children can experience in-direct discrimination as this can be difficult to spot.   This type of discrimination occurs when a school practice and procedures are applied without any consideration to an...