Unit 4222-203 Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children's and young people's settings (SHC 23)
Be able to work in an inclusive way
There are lots of pieces of legislation in place to protect individuals from issues relating to equality, diversity, discrimination and rights. From 1 October 2010, the Equality Act 2010 came into effect. The Act replaces previous legislation (such as the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) and ensures consistency in what workplaces need to do to comply with the law and make working environments fair. The main purposes of the Equality Act are:
- Establish the Commission for Equality and Human Rights;
- Make discrimination unlawful;
- Create a duty on public authorities to promote equality of opportunity between men and women and the prevention of sex discrimination. The Equality Act 2010 replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) however, the Disability Equality Duty in the DDA continues to apply.The Equality Act covers the same groups that were protected by existing equality legislation - age, disability, gender reassignment, race,religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity - but now extends some protections to groups not previously covered e.g. carers or parents of a disabled person. The main Acts incorporated into the Equality Act 2010 are summarised below: 1.
The Disability Discrimination Act 2005
The Equal Pay Act 1970
The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and amendments 1982, 1999 4.
The Race Relations Act 1976 and amendments 2000, 2003
We may also want to look up more information on the internet about the following Acts and how they apply to us and our role: - Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
- Human Rights Act 1998
- Employment Act 2002
- Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 - Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations...
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