There are three learning outcomes to this unit. The learner will:
1. Understand the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion
2. Be able to work in an inclusive way
3. Be able to promote diversity, equality and inclusion
|There a number of pieces of legislation relating to equality, inclusion, | | |diversity and discrimination. | | | | | |There is a legal framework to protect people from unlawful discrimination in | | |respect of sex (including gender reassignment), race, colour, nationality, ethnic| | |origins, national origins and disability. Some of the key legislation is as | | |follows: | | |Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Amendment 1982, 1999 |[pic] | |Race Relations Act 1976, Amendment 2000. Amendment Regulations 2003 | | |Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Amendment in force from October 2004 | | |Human Rights Act 1998 | | |Disability Rights Commission Act 2000 | | |Equality Act 2006. | |
Means to have the same value, it implies a state of balance. Equality in the UK means that everyone is valued as individuals. It also means that everyone has equal rights and that there is a balance of power in the country.
Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.
Promoting equality should remove discrimination in all of the aforementioned areas. Bullying, harassment or victimisation are also considered as equality and diversity issues.
Means Varied and different, people are varied and different in the way they look, dress, how they behave, what they believe in, where they work and live, their gender and how old they are.
When there are similarities between people we say they belong to the same category. There are a number of different social categories used in the UK to classify people:
❖ Age – how long they have lived
❖ Class – which socio-economic group they belong to
❖ Ethnic group – group you belong to which shares a common cultural identity ❖ Sex – biologically female or male
In a diverse society people need to tolerate and value differences in people so that we can continue to be individuals.
Diversity consists of visible and invisible differences.
Diversity allows people to contribute to Society. The more people are economically active, the more successful is the economy and this then benefits everyone.
Valuing diversity is also concerned with not treating anybody differently just because of their race or ethnic origin, gender, disability, religion or sexuality; ‘blocking them out’ because our prejudice prevents us from having the opportunity to get to know the individual.
It is too simplistic just to say ‘I treat everyone the same’ because that may not always be...
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