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The importance of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Health and Social Care

Diversity: means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These differences can be of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. In caring for service users, understanding diversity includes knowing how to relate to those qualities that make one service user different from the other and inculcating this to the support I provides to them.

Equality: is erasing barriers, eliminating discrimination and ensuring equal opportunity and access for all service users and colleagues. It is based on the legal obligation to comply with anti-discrimination legislation. Equality protects people from being discriminated against on the grounds of group membership i.e. sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, or age. In my role as a Carer, it is essential to treat all service users I supports equally irrespective of their sex, race, disability or other differences.

Inclusion: this will include taking action to remove barriers to equal participation of service users and embracing all irrespective of race, gender, disability, medical or other need. Inclusion also involves eliminating discrimination and promoting equality among both colleagues and service user at my workplace.

Potential effects of discrimination

Discrimination is the act of recognising, seeing and distinguishing differences and choosing to show prejudice or bias. Discrimination can be in the form of repeated mistreatments, verbal abuse, threats, or humiliation or intimidating behaviour conduct towards service users or colleagues. Discriminating against service users could lead physical or emotional stress which includes difficulty in communicating, poor appetite, change in eating habits, weight gain or loss and poor personal hygiene. Emotional...
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