23 Principles of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Adult Social Care Settings

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Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings 1. 1.1 A) 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. B) Equality: Equality means treating people in a way that is appropriate for their needs. C) Inclusion: Educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background. It pays particular attention to the provision made for, and the achievement of, different groups of pupils within a school. D) Discrimination: Discrimination is the prejudicial treatment of an individual based on their membership in a certain group or category. 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. For example, if a job advertisement states that applicants must be able to drive then this could put a certain people at a disadvantage, such as those with a disability. Positive Discrimination: Positive discrimination is regarded as the preferential treatment of members of a minority group over a majority
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