Equality_Act_2010.docx - Equality Act 2010 The Equality Act 2010 is a new law in Britain whose most parts have been enacted to bring closer together the

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Equality Act 2010 The Equality Act 2010 is a new law in Britain whose most parts have been enacted to bring closer together the discrimination laws. A general view of the act shows great development in the levels of protection of victims from discrimination in relation to their characteristics. Sexual orientation is one of the protected characteristics of the act and is mainly focused on children and young adults. For this reason, no child is should be treated unfairly by discrimination or harassment because of their sexual orientation. The public sectors started showing the need for reasonable adjustments to the act and this mainly involved the treatment of some people more favorably than others. The Equality Act 2010 opposes the discrimination of any person because they are heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian (Biblarz & Savci, 2010). This is what is referred to as sexual orientation and the young population is usually affected by this unlawful discrimination. As a matter of fact, the act replaced this major legislation in order to make it easier for leaders to understand how to implement their legal responsibilities in tackling this kind of discrimination. A child or young person has no protection from discrimination if it does not relate to the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010. The new law was brought in public institutions to help in decision making and making sure that services run without discrimination. The adoption debate for this law showed that the concept of sexual orientation had become part of the conventional environments hence causing confusion and misleading the transsexual institutions such as schools, hospitals and many others (Cocker & Hafford-Letchfield, 2010). While this situation called for a more liberal approach to solve the problem, the guidance to the Equality Act 2010 has indicated the less representation of children who are discriminated due to sexual orientation in the general welfare systems.
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The Equality Act 2010 has shown important influence on all the social policy that relates to children and the young adult population as well as their families (Armstrong, 2000). After coming into effect in October 2010, the Act replaced many legislations that were previously in place including the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Equality Act 2006 (Part 2) and the Equalities Act (Sexual Orientation) among others (Morley & Street, 2014). Because the Equality Act 2010 makes reference to all types of sexual orientations, the legislation is considered to have strengthened the discrimination policy in various ways. In this way, it has helped public bodies to tackles inequality and discrimination on the basis of ‘protected characteristics’ and sexual orientation is one of them. There are various reports that show the possible implications of the legislation in terms of the welfare of children and young adults and what it means to schools.
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