1517 Introduction to Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings.
1.1 Explain what is meant by:
Diversity is about difference, and a value of diversity is the richness and variety that different people bring to society. There are specific differences between people, all of the features that make each of us an individual, and there are broader, for example: appearance, gender, race, culture, ability, talent, beliefs. I must value the contributions made by my residents’ different perspectives, different ways of thinking and different approaches.
Equality is assuring 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. Bulling, harassment or victimisations are also considered as equality and diversity issues. For example, it would not be equal treatment to provide two different residents with information about the services available written in English, if one of my residents spoke another language and could not understand English. I must value diversity, and not give favourable treatment to certain residents and neglect the others.
Inclusion means ensuring that all people with health needs can become valued and responsible citizens and take part in the activities alongside people who do not need to use health services. Is about providing the support that people want in order to live their lives as fully as possible. Examples of inclusive practice: during activities time, I’m helping one of my residents who are unable to speak to participate on crosswords by using the alphabet board.
Discrimination is about treating a person less favourably than another person is, or would be, treated in the same or similar circumstances.
Discrimination could be direct or indirect, and both are...