4 Reflecting on diversity
Activity 4 provides time for reflection on your own experiences relating to diversity in relation to children and young people, in a practice setting which you know well. If you don’t have any recent practice experience, you could think about a social setting in which you have interacted with a group of children or young people.
1. Think of a practice setting with which you are familiar. Make a list of the different social identities of the children and/or young people who use that service: for example, the diverse ethnicities, nationalities, religions, genders, sexualities, and abilities/disabilities represented.
2. Now select two or three children or young people that you have worked with and list their different social identities (e.g. ‘Faiza is female, Somali, Muslim, has a learning disability … .’).
3. Make a brief note of how you think each child or young person’s social identities interact in their experience and what the implications are for practitioners working with them.