33 Principles of Diversity

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Unit 33 - Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings 1.1 Explain what is meant by a) Diversity Diversity is about valuing individual difference. The concept of diversity includes acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. b) Equality Equality is about making sure people are treated fairly and given fair chances. Equality is not about treating everyone in the same way, but recognising that the service users’ needs are met in different ways. It focuses on race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, transgender and Age. People must not be unfairly discriminated against because of any of these factors and we must contribute to create a positive workplace and deliver a service that is free of discrimination. c) Inclusion Inclusion is based upon the idea of allowing everyone equal access to the service regardless of gender, disability, religion, age. Inclusion ensures people feel valued and respected for who they are and what they are doing with no barriers in their way to be included in the place, group, activity and everyday life. d) Discrimination When person is treated less favourably than someone else and that the treatment is for a reason relating to the person’s characteristic (e.g. disability) 1.2 Describe the potential effects of discrimination An individual would experience loss of opportunities, withdrawal and depression as well as loss of self-esteem. Their families may feel anger, frustration and helplessness. Those who discriminate may feel a false sense of self importance, possibly shame if they are confronted about their actions (discrimination is not

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