Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
1.1 Identify the current legislation and codes of practice relevant to the promotion of equality and
valuing of diversity
Disability Discrimination Act 1995 + 2005: Protects the rights of those with disabilities and places a
duty for schools to produce a Disability Equality Scheme (DES) and an access plan. It also places a duty
on the school to eliminate barriers to ensure everyone has equal access to services and encourage
participation in all aspects of school life, eliminating harassment and unlawful discrimination.
Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001: Makes it unlawful for educational providers to
discriminate against pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000: This Act places a statutory duty on schools to promote race
equality. Schools are expected to promote good relationships between people from different races.
Human Rights Act 1998: This Act gives legal status to the principle that all humans have the same
rights and should be treated equally. It sets out rights for all individuals and allows them to take action
against authorities when those rights have been affected.
Children Act 1989 +2004: Sets out the duty for schools (and local authorities) to provide effective and
accessible services according to the needs of all children. This also ties in with Every Child Matters
2003, ensuring that all local authorities that work with children, work together to make sure all
children have the support needed to stay safe, healthy and enjoy/achieve and make a positive
contribution to society.
Education Act 1996: Sets out the schools responsibilities towards children with special educational
needs. It also requires schools to provide additional resources, equipment and/or additional support
to meet those needs.
Equality Act 2010: This Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of...