Topics: Discrimination, Affirmative action, Egalitarianism Pages: 5 (1429 words) Published: April 19, 2013


There are many definitions and interpretations of equality and diversity. Equality 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. Diversity for the workforce is about valuing and reaping the benefits of a varied workforce that makes the best of people’s talents whatever their backgrounds. Diversity encompasses visible and non-visible individual differences. It can be seen in the makeup of your workforce in terms of e.g. gender, ethnic minorities, disabled people, sexual orientation, age, religion, belief etc. It’s about where those people are in terms of management positions, job opportunities, terms and conditions in the workplace. It is about respecting the many and varied individual differences that together constitute the strength of your workforce and how this enables you to best deliver quality services that are of most relevance. Through this you draw on the widest possible pool of talent and positively motivate your workforce to achieve their potential and best meet the needs of your service users.

Inclusive working is built on promoting equal opportunities and therefore ant discriminatory practice. It means working flexibly, operating structures and systems that take into account what each individual can offer and what each individual needs. Inclusion involves a focus on ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to be engaged and involved in mainstream community life. Professionals need to be aware of and work to overcome any barriers to inclusion, because promoting inclusion and combating discrimination will:

• Enhance service users' satisfaction and better meet their needs • Increase the confidence of local and diverse communities • Create a safe and inclusive environment for all
• Enhance democracy and accountability
• Reduce personal and financial costs.

A good approach to adapt is promoting equality through equal opportunities. To understand equality it is necessary to understand that all individuals should have the same opportunities to achieve good outcomes. Disadvantages and barriers must where possible be removed, or that positive interactions are implemented to reduce disadvantages caused by those barriers.

In my work setting we promote equality and diversity as follows:

 Equality and Diversity for Children and Young People
a. We encourage children to develop respect for themselves and for others. b. We deliver services that recognise and build on the strengths of children and young people from all cultures, religions, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability and backgrounds; in ways that meet their needs and help them to achieve their full potential. c. Every effort is made to ensure that the house is welcoming to all children and young people and others significant in their care and wellbeing; this effort is reflected in the communication around the Home, including: posters, information boards, displays and leaflets. In addition to this, resources used to develop work with children and young people are chosen for their suitability and anti-oppressive nature. d. Children are offered opportunities to try out new experiences, which are not restricted by traditional gender options. e. Staff are expected to challenge attitudes, behaviour and language that are non-inclusive and discriminatory, in a positive way. f. Managers are expected to monitor the range of children and young people placed within the Home in terms of ethnicity, gender and disability. This is to ensure the service provision is reaching all and not creating barriers to certain groups.

Inclusion for Children and Young People
a. All children are given the opportunity to be cared for and educated. Where possible this is alongside their...
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