UNIT: 3 CHAMPION EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Submitted by :Patricia Mcclean
Submitted on :23/04/2015
1. Explain the models of practice that underpin equality, diversity and inclusion in own area of responsibility. There are two models that link with equality, diversity and inclusion, the first one is the social model of disability which views discrimination and prejudice as being embedded in today’s society, their attitude’s and their surrounding environment. The social model focuses on who the adult is as person not what their disability or diagnosis is, the focus is on how to improve and empower the individual’s life and lead a more independent life as possible. The second model is the medical model of disability which views adults has having an impairment or lacking in some way, this model focuses on impairments that the adult has and finding and acknowledging ways to correct them. The client group at my current place of work are elderly adults. Both the social and medical model has an impact on their daily life. The company ethos is to encourage the people we care for to remain independent and enable them to lead a normal life as possible. This is done by providing and engaging them in their own individualised care plans and asking their opinions on what they like how they like it etc. allowing them to make informed choices for them self and whether they have the capacity to make these decisions. My role as a Manager is to ensure that any anti- discriminatory practice is promoted as a key value within our organisation and to raise the staff awareness about equality diversity, and inclusion. To encourage conversations and debate and devising ways that empower rather than to disable.
2. Analyse the potential effects of barriers to equality and inclusion. Barriers to inclusion and equality include;
* Sexual Orientation
* Religion or Belief.
The barriers that can and will affect Equality and inclusion are Physical and environmental barriers such as poor access to buildings and community settings, making it difficult for us to help them achieve inclusion within the community.
Communication barriers, different languages, slang talk, which is why each carer needs to be matched to each customer to help with the barriers.
Inclusion barriers also include financial and the size of the care package not giving the carer and the customer enough time for them to be in the community with support. However this is not an excuse for not doing anything and not meeting the customer’s needs the expectations is that as many modifications are to be made as possible to lift the constraints around support.
3. The impact of legislation and policy initiatives on the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion in own area of responsibility.
The promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion has been supported by a number of legislative changes to ensure that provider’s comply with any anti-discrimination practices. The list below reflects the most relevant legislation;
* Articles 1, 2 and 14 of the Human Rights Act (1995)
* Sex discrimination Act (1975)
* Equal Pay Act (1970)
* Race Relations Act (1976)
* Disability Discrimination Act (1995)
* Disability Rights Commission Act (1999)
* Race relations (2000)
* Employment Equality (Religion or belief) Regulations (2003) * Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (2003) * Disability Discrimination Act (2005)
* Equality Act (2006)
In addition to the major anti-discrimination Acts, there are clauses within other acts which focus on anti-discrimination requirements for example;
* The Children’s Act 1989 which requires authorities to take special account of children’s disabilities and the...
References: 1. https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/helping-people-make-informed-choices-about-health-and-social-care.
2. Baxter, K., Glendinning, C. and Clarke, S. (2008) Making informed choices in social care: the importance of accessible information, Health and Social Care in the Community, 16, 2, 197-207.
3. Department of Health (2005) Independence, Well-being and Choice: Our Vision for the Future of Social Care for Adults in England. Department of Health, London.
4. Ovretveit J. (1996) Informed choice? Health service quality and outcome information for patients. Health Policy 37, 75-90.
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