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1.6 Equality and Diversity

Contents

  1. Principles
  2. Seven Strands of Diversity
  3. Black and Minority Ethnic Children and their Families


1. Principles

1.1 The Safeguarding Children Board and its agencies are committed to promoting equal opportunities and valuing diversity in all its functions, roles and services it provides.
1.2

This means the SCB and its agencies will:

  • Work to achieve social justice and inclusion;
  • Oppose and prevent discrimination against individuals because of their age, disability, gender, ethnic origin or nationality, sexual orientation, political or religious belief;
  • Treat all citizens of the Isle of Man fairly and with respect;
  • Recognise the rights of individuals to participate fully in the social and economic life of the Island.


2. Seven Strands of Diversity

2.1

There are seven strands to Diversity which the SCB and its agencies are committed to adhere to:

  • Race, nationality, ethnic origin, culture and language;
  • Age;
  • Disability;
  • Religious and political belief;
  • Gender;
  • Sexuality; and
  • Economic deprivation.


3. Black and Minority Ethnic Children and their Families

3.1

Children from all cultures are subject to abuse and neglect. However, in order to make sound professional judgements those conducting enquiries should:

  • Be sensitive to differing family patterns and lifestyles and to the child rearing patterns that vary across different racial ethnic and cultural groups;
  • Be aware of the broader social factors that serve to discriminate against black and minority ethnic people;
  • Be committed to equality in meeting the needs of all children and families and to understand the effects of racial harassment, racial discrimination and institutional racism, as well as cultural misunderstanding and misinterpretation.
3.2

The process of enquiries should:

  • Maintain a focus on the needs of the individual child;
  • Include consideration of the way in which religious beliefs and cultural traditions in different racial, ethnic and cultural groups influence their values, attitudes and behaviour and the way in which family and community life is structured and organised;
  • Ensure that cultural factors are not used to explain or condone acts of omission or commission which place a child at risk of Significant Harm;
  • Guard against myths and stereotypes both positive and negative.
3.3 Anxiety about being accused of racist practice should not prevent the necessary action being taken to safeguard and promote a child’s welfare.

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