Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings

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Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings

Diversity: Diversity literally means difference. Diversity recognises that though people have things in common with each other, they are also different and unique in many ways. Diversity is about recognising and valuing those differences. Diversity therefore 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 belief, sexual orientation and age Equality: Equality means treating people in a way that is appropriate for their needs. Equality is about making sure people are treated fairly and given fair chances. Equality is not about treating everyone in the same way, but it recognises that their needs are met in different ways. Equality focuses on those areas covered by the law, namely the key areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender and Age. Inclusion: Inclusion, this is the opposite of discrimination it means to be fully included, to make people feel valued and respected irrespective of ethnicity, gender, disability, medical or other need, culture, age, religion and sexual orientation. It is about giving equal access and opportunities, breaking down barriers and getting rid of discrimination and intolerance. Discrimination: Discrimination is the prejudicial treatment of an individual based on their membership in a certain group or category. Discrimination covers four areas: Direct discrimination - treating someone less favourably because of their age, race, sexual preference, disability or belief Indirect discrimination - applying practices that might favour one group over another or applying requirements or conditions that a particular group are less likely to be able to comply with Harassment -...
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