203 Health and Social Care

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UNIT 203: Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care 1 Understand the importance of equality and inclusion 1.1- Diversity: Diversity literally means difference. Diversity recognises that though people have things in common with each other, they are also different and unique in many ways. Diversity is about recognising and valuing those differences. Diversity therefore consists of visible and non-visible factors, which include personal characteristics such as background, culture, personality and work-style in addition to the characteristics that are protected under discrimination legislation in terms of race, disability, gender, religion and belief, sexual orientation and age. By recognising and understanding our individual differences and embracing them, and moving beyond simple tolerance, we can create a productive environment in which everybody feels valued. Equality: Equality means treating people in a way that is appropriate for their needs. Inclusion: whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background. Full d active participation, feeling respected, feeling a sense of belonging, being valued for who you are. 1.2- Indirect Discrimination: Indirect discrimination occurs when policies and practices, which appear neutral or fair because they are applied to everyone, actually disadvantage people and particular groups within society. Unfair or unequal treatment of an individual or group on the grounds of age, disability ,gender, race, religion, beliefs or sexual orientation, being treated less favourable than someone else in the same situation, being treated unfairly. Positive Discrimination: Positive discrimination is regarded as the preferential treatment of members of a minority group over a majority group, either by sex, race, age, marital status or sex orientation. Racial Discrimination: If a practitioner
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