SHC 33. Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings.
As we live in a world of differences, we have to deal with diversity in our everyday lives. We encounter differences like age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and many others. The value which we ascribe to these differences determines our approaches to managing diversity not only in our private but also professional lives. Leadership for diversity, equality and inclusion is identified as an essential ingredient to achieve positive changes in all areas of our lives.
What is 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 it recognises that their needs are met in different ways.
Equality focuses on areas covered by the law, such as race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.
People must not be unfairly discriminated against because of any of these factors and we must contribute to creating a positive workplace environment, were discrimination does not happen.
What is diversity ?
Diversity is about valuing individual difference. So ‘diversity ‘ is much more than a new word for equality. A diverse approach aims to recognise value and manage difference to enable everyone to contribute and realise their full potential. Diversity challenges us to recognise and value many differences in order to make an environment a better place for everyone.
What is Inclusion
Inclusion at its simplest is ‘the state of being included’ but it is a bit more complicated than that… It is used by disability rights activists to promote the idea that all people should be freely and openly accommodated without restrictions or limitations of any kind.
It is described by some as the practice of ensuring that people feel they belong, are engaged, and connected. It is a universal human right whose aim is to embrace all...