‘Unpacking’ the Principle and why it matters

Children, young people, parents and carers can face discrimination in a number of ways, including racism, sexism, classism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism, amongst others. Latest data shows that disparities continue to exist between ethnic and social groups in a number of areas, including safeguarding, childhood outcomes, and criminal justice.

Inequality and marginalisation can be both a driver for, and a consequence of, exploitation and extra-familial harm, and professional efforts can inadvertently reinforce inequity. An effective response therefore attends to both the interpersonal discrimination and inequalities facing children and young people, parents and carers, communities and many of the professionals supporting them. Addressing this means creating an inclusive culture for professionals and those they support, in which everyone is respected regardless of their social, ethnic, or gender characteristics. It requires those who do not face discrimination to ensure that marginalised voices are heard and injustice is not tolerated. 

I am seen, respected and accepted for who I am, professionals can relate to me, and they challenge any discrimination I face.

How it should feel for a child / young person being supported