Outcome 1 : Understand the importance of diversity. Equality and inclusion
1. Explain what is meant by: Diveristy, Equality and Inclusion
• Diversity is about acknowledging your prejudices, allowing people to be different and respecting these differences. It is also about challenging others if necessary and speaking up for the individuals you support when they cannot speak up for themselves. For example, an care home will have different service users, with different background, culture, language and with different needs and level of support.
• Equality is about recognising individual as well as group differences, treating people as individuals, and placing positive value on diversity. For example,
• Inclusion is the act of including or the state of being included. Everybody is part of society and being treated fairly, it promotes access to opportunities and supports all people to participate, it is anti-discriminatory and works in partnership with equality and diversity.
2. Describe the Potential Effects of Discrimination:
Discrimination is a preconceived attitude towards members of a particular group formed only upon the basis of their membership of that group that leads to less favourable or bad treatment of that person. For example, A public building does not provide reasonable access for a person in a wheelchair to be able to access the building in the same way as other people
Potential effects may include:
• Causing upset
• Affecting an individual’s self-esteem
• Causing stress
• Individuals feeling isolated
• Affecting individuals’ hopes and expectations
• Creating tensions
• Leading to stereotyping
• Leading to labelling
• Producing prejudices
3. Explain How Inclusive Practice Promotes Equality and Supports Diversity
By ensuring that Health and social care workers demonstrate inclusive practice by working in ways that recognise, respect, value and make the most of all aspects of diversity. Having a sound awareness of and responding sensitively to an individual’s diverse needs, supports them in developing a sense of belonging, well-being and conﬁdence in their identity and abilities.
In addition, inclusive practice enables social care workers to have an understanding of the disastrous impact that discrimination, inequality and social exclusion can have on an individual’s physical and mental health. Having such an understanding ensures appropriate, personalised care and support, thereby enabling an individual to develop self-respect and maintain a valued role in society.
It is important to recognize the fact that people who fail to support diversity or promote equality are usually entirely unaware of their attitudes and the impact of their behaviour, hence inclusive practice involves reﬂecting on and challenging one’s own prejudices, behaviours and work practices.
It also involves challenging those of colleagues and other service providers, with a view to adapting ways of thinking and working and to changing services to build on good practice and to better support diversity and promote equality. For example, social worker will need to respect and recognise the uniqueness of service user and to actively and fully involve a disabled service user in what he/she will like to do. e.g swimming, sky diving.
Outcome 2: Be Able To Work In an Inclusive Way
1. Explain how legislation and codes of practice relating to equality, diversity and discrimination apply to own work role
Equality Act 2010
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...