Discrimination against children and young people in residential care can be individual, societal or institutional.
They may be discriminated against due to their religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disabilities, age, gender or health. The effects of this could leave the young person feeling like they don’t fit in or have a place in society and as a result some may isolate themselves from the community. Some people believe that all young people in care are bad kids which is not true but is a lack of knowledge and understanding. All young people are different but should be treated the same as everybody else however many require help and support to help them to overcome trauma’s / experiences and or behavioural issues. Young people can also be discriminated against by the other young people they live with, this could be due to wearing glasses, their weight, physical abilities or religious preferences.