Social Care Practice Values

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Jewel and Esk College

Social Care Theory for Practice
Assessment 1 Outcome 1

The values that I hold at this point in my life have developed over the years there have been many influences like family, friends, work, and my life experiences have played a part in the development of these values. Values are a guide that I feel I need to have in order for me to continue my life in the right direction and be as happy as it can be. These are some of the values and what influences I feel gave me them. Firstly being non-judgemental is a value I gained after years of different experiences, while in my youth the mistakes I made that caused my family a lot of pain, has been the biggest influence, as I am a good person, that did things I`m not proud off. When these occurred I never understood why I had acted in that way, today I have realised that when people act in ways that are not considered the social norm that there are always reasons for the behaviour that are hidden from view. Secondly, the value of being truthful is one that I learnt to hold from childhood, mum and gran always used to tell me that telling the truth was usually the best option as to lie would make things harder to deal with. If you are not honest with people then you cannot build good relationships with others, these relationships are the things that you need to be happy and are what will help you through the bad times. Finally, Empathy is a value that is probably the newest one I have, this has developed through wanting to help people and the first course I took when I came back into education the course was an Introduction to Counselling.

2)Anti-Discriminatory Practice
Treating everyone, the same is not what anti-discriminatory practice is about. Anti-discriminatory practice is about recognising that each person is different. Working with service users to see how best to meet their needs. Ensuring service users are able to assert their rights and challenge the inequalities they may face. Gibb. S (2000) p57 Discrimination can occur because of the way we see ourselves and how we see others as a different type. Discrimination comes from attitudes and behaviours based on traditional assumptions and stereotypes learned during childhood along with prejudice learned from being socialised in a certain culture. Our culture forms our personal identities leaving many of us knowing that we are seen as less valued or disliked by the society we live in. Gibb. S (2000)

Labelling and stereotypes fail to see the whole person they just see one part of a person’s identity and put them into a group that share that characteristic. Anti-discriminatory practice sees the whole person and recognises that they have needs relevant only to that person, working with them to recognise and provide them with the information that they need to assert their rights and fight any discrimination they may encounter. If needed you as a social care worker do can this for them. Having some control over their life will build self-esteem, help them feel more in control of their life and increases independence. Values associated with anti discriminatory practice are valuing diversity, choice, promoting equality, individuality, confidentiality, respect, ethnical/culturally sensitive practice, and inclusion. Individuality as a value in anti-discriminatory practice ensures the individual needs of service users are recognised; without individuality then everyone`s care would be the same this would lead to people being undervalued and not receiving the care they need. Individuality is a value that is important at Redhall Primary School. When working with children with learning difficulties we are aware of each child’s individual needs such as their culture and beliefs. A pupil at Redhall Primary School cannot eat certain foods because of his religion. This is when the anti-discriminatory practice value of being ethnically and culturally sensitive is used;...
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