Essay on unit 2 EDR

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Understanding National Initiatives
Equality, Diversity & Rights

Daniella Blackwood

How does national initiatives promote anti-discriminatory practice

National initiatives or legislation is the process of making a law. There are many different types of laws which can be relevant to various organisations and job descriptions.
For example the Age Discrimination act 2006.
This act applies to people of all ages and the rights they have within a working environment. Before the legislation was created employees and patients were being discriminated against based on their age. An example of this would be an elderly patient age 75 was not receiving the correct treatment because the health worker thought they didn't deserve the full treatment if they were old and destined to die soon. When this act came along it promoted the right for people of all ages were to be treated as equals if this act didn't exist those from certain ages would be deprived from their choices and opportunities.

The Disability Discrimination act 2005
This act applies to anyone with some sort of disability and aims to end the discriminating against them. It now gives them the right to opportunities such as:
Access to facilities and services

The legislation first aimed to ensure that all with disabilities were treated equally so they were able to work, visit public places such as shops and restaurants without being troubled. In 1999 businesses were obligated to make adjustments providing easy access for both disabled members of staff and customers. This also included them providing equipment or additional support for their customers. For example ensuring all signs (exit/entrance) is at a suitable font.

Sex Discrimination act 1975

This legislation aims to protect both male and female against discrimination or any type of harassment within a working environment. It helps promote anti discriminatory practise by ensuring both men and women are treated equally when working, educated, taking transport or within any type of service. The act solidifies the arrangement that neither should be deprived of any opportunities that may come their way. It can also include the idea of homosexual marriage and any discrimination against pregnant women regarding maternity leave.
An example of sex discrimination could be if an employer refuses to pay a female worker the same amount as a male worker who does the same job.

The Children's act 2004 This legislation promotes anti discriminatory behaviour by allowing different agencies to cooperate in order to improve a child's wellbeing and lifestyle. This includes bringing together leaders/professionals from various organisations and multi-disciplinary teams hoping to achieve positive outcomes regarding children and young people's home life or any personal problems they may have. Depending on their current situation certain members of the multidisciplinary team would be given the child's case to look over.


In This assignment I am going to assess the influences of a recent national policy which promotes anti-discriminatory practice. There are several national policies and legislations in place to make sure that individual’s are not discriminated against due to their circumstances. One of these is the Age Discrimination Act 2006.
Age discrimination, or ‘ageism’, is defined by personnel today as “any prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of age”. When we talk of age discrimination in a work place, this is generally where someone has missed out on the opportunity to get a job on the grounds of their age, whether they are thought of as too old or too young.
The Age Discrimination Act 2006 requires that all employment practices are based on skills and competences, rather than the age of the person. Not only does this policy have rules regarding getting employed, it has rules that must be followed when the employee is working. So, if an individual