Introduction to Equality and Inclusion in Health Social Care

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1.1 Explain what is meant by: diversity, equality, inclusion & discrimination. Diversity means differences in ethnicity, heritage, customs, beliefs and values. It could be someone’s physical appearance, mental capabilities, etc. I teach the children in my care that their personal identity which is formed from a young age allows them to realise they 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 childcare every child has the right to equality of opportunity; it means each child would be given the same chances as each other to achieve all aspects of learning. Treating each child as an individual allows this to happen. Each unique child has their own needs and requirements and it’s up to me as a childminder to understand each child’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 including assistance; children and their parents feel truly welcome, valued and respected. Helping them feel part of my childminding family, allowing them to participate in all activities, giving them the right to have...
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