Explain what is meant by.
| Diversity means differences in ethnicity, heritage, customs, beliefs and values. It could be someone’s physical appearance, mental capabilities, etc. I have been taught that personal identity which is formed from a young age allows you to realise you are their own person. Diversity is positive and should be respected and valued because nobody is completely the same as anyone else. Telling them that being different from everyone else makes us unique, and that we must value the diversity and differences that surround us, in order to work together to make our society a positive place to live.
| Equality is often defined as treating everyone the same. But I believe true equality means treating everyone differently in order to accomplish equality. In the health and social care setting every client has the right to equality of opportunity; it means each client would be given the same chances as each other to achieve all aspects of leading a as normal life as possible. Treating each client as an individual allows this to happen. Each unique person has their own needs and requirements and it’s up to me as a support worker to understand each client’s individual characteristics and know how to inspire them to be successful and feel equal in today’s contemporary society.
| inclusion, this is the total opposite of discrimination and I think 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. Inclusion to me in my setting is about making everyone included; children and their parents feel truly welcome, valued and respected. Helping them feel part of our service, allowing them to participate in all activities.
| Discrimination can be "direct or indirect". Direct discrimination is where you are directly treated unequally because of your race, sex, disability, religion or sexual orientation, which the act deems as "protected characteristics". For example, it would be direct discrimination if a driving job was only open to male applicants. Indirect discrimination is where an employer operates a policy that on the face of it has nothing to do with discrimination but in practice disadvantages one group of people more than another. An example would be a requirement for all job applicants to have GCSE maths and English: people educated in countries which don't have GCSEs would be discriminated against if equivalent qualifications were not accepted.
| Describe the potential effects of discriminationDiscrimination in the workplace can have devastating consequences on the offender and the victim. The Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act are three laws that legally protect employees from workplace harassment and discrimination. However, not all discrimination is overt: subtle forms include limiting an employee's training or forcing someone into early retirement with an enticing benefit package. When workplace discrimination is widespread, morale drops, trust is broken and, ultimately, the company's bottom line is affected
| Explain how inclusive practice promotes equality and supports diversity
A successful and reliable health care sector requires the promotion of diversity and equality throughout its setup. The fundamental need for this is the ability of the health care workers to promote an unwavering sense of fairness and indiscrimination for all persons involved; patients, employees, and colleagues. Inclusion refers to providing the opportunity to everyone to use all available resources, services and facilities. Acceptance is one of the vital traits of any person who is working in the health care...
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