1.2 Describe the potential effects of discrimination
Effects include isolation, possible exclusion, demoralisation, marginalisation, situations where self-esteem, confidence and resilience have the potential to be damaged.
Forms of discrimination are gender, age, disability, sexuality, race, culture, religion ,poverty, education, personal features and English Is not first language. .
In our children's centre we promote equal opportunity and we respect all the children and their families. We help children with language needs where English is not their first language which helps to ensure they can settle and adapt to our setting. Example (reading and singing in their language, books and talking with parents to find words we can use)
Discrimination against any child regardless of their needs can make them feel isolated and different to other children. Very often children with special needs have a very difficult time trying to fit in with other children especially if they are in a mainstream school. All children can be very unintentionally cruel to one another and should be helped to understand that everyone is different and how this is good. Example: In our setting we promote inclusion and we treat everyone the same and explain to other children “we are alike but different.”
There are four areas of potential for the effect discrimination has
- Signs of poor health may manifest. self harming, attempting suicide, cutting, etc. Bullying might become physical and other types of abuse.
- Emotional scars seem to run deep and are not healed easily. Could become to believe that persecutors are right, leading to a loss of self worth. Could lead to physical signs of trauma
- lack of friends, social exclusion, no one to talk to about interests or plans for now and the future. Being treated as though someone doesn't belong. Could lead to more emotional harm, physical harm, intellectual harm, etc.
- Not wanting to learn, withdrawing from places of learning. Not wanting to be around others unsafe behaviors
The CYPW Level 3 handbook
- unit SCH 33 has more help