Cultural Identity

Key Fact

What is diversity?

Understanding that every person is different.

Top Tips


  • We are all different and no-one should be made to feel bad for being different.
  • Respect other people in the community, whatever their difference.
  • Be proud of your cultural identity, but don’t discriminate against others if they have different values and beliefs to your own.
  • Try to put yourself in another person’s shoes. How would you feel?
  • Always think about what you say and do and how it could affect others.

Things to Make You Think!

PC Jones says:

There are 9.8 million people with a disability in the UK, which represents one person in seven. That's more than the population of Wales and Scotland put together!

There are 22.9 million men and 26.8 million women in the UK aged 16 and over.

The largest minority ethnic groups in order of size are:

  • Indians
  • Pakistanis
  • Mixed ethnic backgrounds
  • Black Caribbeans
  • Black Africans
  • Bangladeshis


Your school police officer will help you learn to understand cultural differences and recognise expressions of prejudice and stereotyping.

PC Davis’s Advice

PC Davis’s Advice

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Question and Answer

Question: Why are some people prejudiced towards others?

Prejudice can be caused by fear of the unknown, or by fear of something different.

Here are some reasons why children sometimes experience prejudice in school:

  • wearing glasses,
  • being a new boy or girl,
  • wearing different clothes,
  • having a different colour skin,
  • having a physical disability,
  • being overweight or underweight, or
  • having a different religion.
Question: My friend’s mum is in a wheelchair and some people in her street have called her names and written nasty comments on her car. My friend and her mum are very upset. What should they do?
Answer: If someone thinks someone is being mean to them because they are different, they may report this to the Police as hate-crime and it will be dealt with seriously. They should report these incidents to the Police as they have the right to feel safe in the community.

If you need help, phone ChildLine on

0800 1111

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Your call will not show up on the bill.

If you need to report a crime, call CrimeStoppers on

0800 555 111

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