Unit 303 Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care setting
Outcome 1 Understand the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion
The meaning of Diversity literally means difference. Diversity recognizes that though people have things in common with each other, they are also different and unique in many ways. Diversity is about recognizing and valuing those differences. Diversity consists of visible and non-visible factors, which include personal characteristics such as background, culture, personality and work-style in addition to the characteristics that are protected under discrimination legislation in terms of race, disability, gender, religion and ...view middle of the document...
Equality recognises that historically, certain groups of people with particular characteristics e.g. race, disability, sex and sexuality, have experienced discrimination.Equality is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents, and believing that no one should have poorer life chances because of where, what or whom they were born, what they believe, or whether they have a disability. Equality recognises that historically, certain groups of people with particular characteristics e.g. race, disability, sex and sexuality, have experienced discrimination.
The meaning of inclusion is defined as one where all people feel valued, their differences are respected, and their basic needs are met so they can live in dignity.
Discrimination: Discrimination is the prejudicial treatment of an individual based on their membership in a certain group or category.
There are lots of potential effects related to discrimination. These include things like disempowerment, low self-esteem and self-identity issues. Disempowerment is when a person or a group of people may be made to feel less powerful and less confident. Some people will try to fight the discrimination but many lose the will to fight. As a result of this type of discrimination people may then become depressed and feel devalued as well as disempowered. This in turn could lead to health problems for the individual. Sometimes discrimination can lead to low self-esteem, this could be due to all different types of discrimination such as racism, sexism and ageism. People who fall victim to these types of discrimination may become withdrawn and feel isolated.
Inclusive practice is about the attitudes, approaches & strategies taken to ensure that people are not excluded or isolated. It means supporting diversity by accepting & welcoming people’s differences & promoting equality by equal opportunities for all. In addition inclusive practice involves having an understanding of the impact that discrimination, inequality & social exclusion can have on an individual. Having an understanding of this ensures appropriate personalized care & support can be given. This enables the individual to develop self-respect & self-worth, also to maintain a valued role in society & the environment surrounding them.
Outcome 2 Understand how to work in an inclusive way
There are various pieces of legislation in place to promote equality & diversity & reduce discrimination. These include: - The disability discrimination act 2005, The special educational needs & disability act 2001, Racial relations (amendment) act 2000, Human rights act 1998, Sexual discrimination act 1975, Employment equality regulations 2003, many of these are now covered under the Equalities Act 2010. Also the national minimum standards and codes of practice set out by various governing bodies. The aim of these legislations are to promote...