Explain current legislation and codes of practice relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 2.4: Use legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Learning outcome: 1 Understand how legislation and codes of practice inform equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Assessment criteria: 1.2 Explain current legislation and codes of practice relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice

  • Legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice includes:
    • Equality Act 2010 – makes it unlawful to discriminate against somebody based on their age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, gender reassignment, marital/civil partnership status, pregnancy/maternity and disability
    • Human Rights Act 1998 – sets out the freedoms and liberties that can be expected by everyone
    • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) – protects the rights of children and ensures they have a voice
    • Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 – protects the rights of children with disabilities
    • The Children & Families Act 2014 – legislates for the SEND Code of Practice (below)
    • SEND Code of Practice 2014 – protects the rights of children with disabilities

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