Champion equality and diversity and inclusion
21st Feb 2013
Learning outcome 1.3
Legislation and policy initiatives have had a major impact on the promotion of equality and diversity and inclusion within my area of responsibility.
Legislation has made it a legal requirement to treat everyone equally regardless of their colour, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability etc for example, it would not be equal treatment to provide two different people with information about the services available written in English, if one of those people spoke another language and could not understand English. Within my area of responsibility myself and my staff must value diversity, and not give favourable treatment to certain groups of people at the expense of those whom they hold prejudices against.
Legislation and regulations that have impacted on promoting equality, diversity and inclusion include: relevant sections from, eg European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 1950, Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986, The Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989, The Children Act 1989, Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, Disability Discrimination Act 2005, Human Rights Act 1998, Data Protection Act 1998, Nursing and Residential Care Homes Regulations 1984 (amended 2002), Care Standards Act 2000, The Children Act 2004, Disability Discrimination Act 2005, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Age Discrimination Act 2006, Equality Act 2012, Social Care White Paper 2012.
Codes of practice and charters: codes of conduct established by professional bodies; General Social Care Council/Care Council for Wales/Northern Ireland Social Care Council codes of practice and rules of conduct for social care workers and employers; charters, eg entitlement to services Organisational policies and procedures: positive promotion of, eg individual rights, advocacy, work