To identify and empathise with adults and children affected by discrimination

Aim

To identify and empathise with adults and children affected by stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination and racism, and understand the impact of these.

Evidence and reflection

Recognise, acknowledge and understand influences on children’s attitudes and values from home, the early childhood service, community, media and the wider world.
Identify and discuss what constitutes acceptable and non-acceptable behaviours in a professional context, e.g. discussion in a team situation regarding a family.
Demonstrate and support children to understand stereotyping and prejudice in a meaningful and age-appropriate manner.
Demonstrate and support children to stand up for themselves in difficult situations, including prejudice and discrimination, in a meaningful way that is appropriate to their age and stages of development.
Recognise where messages about diversity came from in my life, and explore any misinformation, stereotypes, or prejudices that I have learned.

Extension

Consider how my beliefs affect my work with children and families and what I might seek to understand better and change in the future.

(Adapted from: Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 2016)