Health and Social Level 3 Unit 303

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Unit 303 Outcome 1 1.1 Diversity means difference. Being understanding and aware of diversity is important in every workplace and especially in a social care setting. Diversity requires people in the setting to be accepting and tolerant of different views, different cultures, different cultural backgrounds, different ethnic origins and different lifestyles. Equality means treating people fairly, equally and no less favourably than another person. In the workplace, everyone should receive fair treatment and respect without regard for race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. Equality also means that everyone should expect equal rights, equal access to all opportunities and not suffer discrimination. Inclusion means including people in activities, relationships and planning of their future. In a social care setting inclusion extends to service users being involved in planning their care and ensuring their involvement in activities and opportunities wherever possible. Inclusion also means ensuring people feel respected, have a sense of belonging and are comfortable and secure. Discrimination means treating a person less favourably or unfairly based on their race, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender, disability, class or socio-economic background, as well as because of their marriage or civil partnership, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity leave, nationally or age. Discrimination can also include unfairly disadvantaging or excluding someone and treating someone less favourably than another in the same situation. 1.2 The effects of discrimination vary between individuals but someone being discriminated against may feel they are being prevented from achieving success or denied access to opportunities. They could feel harassed or bullied. They may experience negative physical or mental effects of
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