What are the ways in which stereotyping and discrimination might affect risk assessment and how to guard against this?


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There are many dangers in that are created by deciding on how a person will behave by using previous experience with different people of the same culture or race. This is termed as stereotyping and to try and prevent the issues of stereotyping or discrimination you should make sure you follow organisational structures and policies.
Stereotyping can cause many personal issues with people feeling they maybe are being ostracised for no reason other than because of their race and are not being treated as an individual but more as a product of their general background.
To guard against this it is always best to check out the risk assessment that has been written by others. This will give you a non-judgemental look at the person and what they are really like. Make sure to take in all assessments and make your decisions based on these reports.
When assessing you should use an agreed form of assessment as this will mean that there is a regular and fair test. This will mean for any assessments in the future there has been a fair path of assessment followed and this will help avoid future discrimination or stereotyping.
Always back up whatever is written in a risk assessment with evidence. This will mean that there can be no room for any form of stereotyping and that any assessment is based on a piece of evidence.
Always enable same sex workers, if appropriate, to ensure there can be no claims of discrimination or claims of people abusing their power. Use your initiative in this case, if a situation that calls for same sex workers to come about does exist.
Always ensure that cultural difference is respected and promoted, this will create a positive attitude and is very important in ensuring stereotyping and discrimination won’t affect risk assessment.

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