Explain How National Initiatives Promote Anti-Discriminatory Practice

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Explain how national initiatives promote anti-discriminatory practice – P4 Human Rights Act 1998 The Human Rights Act 1998 outlines the rights and freedoms that every individual in the UK (England and Wales) has. *Some of these rights, in relation to health and social care are; * Right to life * Freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment * Respect for you private and family life, home and correspondence * Freedom of thought, belief or religion * Freedom of expression * Protection from discrimination in respect of these rights and freedoms However, in some health and social care situations these rights may have to be infringed upon. For example, the right to life does not include the right to end your own life. This means that if a service provider is under the impression that a service user is endangering themselves and their life then the service provider can, under certain circumstances, search a person’s room or even ask their family members for any previous problems the service user may have had. This situation may disrespect the service user’s rights but the service provider must do everything they can, within reason, to protect the lives of those who they are caring for. These rights also apply to the service provider. Every individual has the right to freedom of expression and thought, belief and religion. This means that each individual, service provider or service user, has the right to their own opinions, religion and beliefs as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of other people. In health and social care it is likely that service users and service providers are of different religion. The Human Rights Act 1998 ensures that all individuals know that they are entitled to their own opinions and religion. To make sure this legislation is followed and the rights of an individual are not infringed upon,

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