Principles of Diversity, Equality and Inclusio

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Principles of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Adult Social Care Setting. 1. Understanding the importance of diversity, equality, and inclusion. 1.1 Define what is meant by: 1.1.i diversity 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 various factors that include personal characteristics such as background, culture, personality in addition to the characteristics that are protected under discrimination legislation in terms of race, disability, gender, religion and belief, sexual orientation and age. Diversity is about treating people as individuals and embracing their uniqueness. 1.1 ii equality Often people confuse equality with treating everybody the same but this isn’t always appropriate, therefore treating people fairly and making sure everyone has equal opportunities is more suitable. Example, having laws that everyone must follow is a form of equality as everyone has the same rights in relation to the law. Equality ensures access to opportunities for all and helps to prevent discrimination from occurring. 1.1 iii inclusion Inclusion is the total opposite of discrimination it means to be fully included, to make people feel valued and respected irrespective of ethnicity, gender, disability, culture, age, religion and sexual orientation, medical or other need. It is about giving equal access and opportunities, breaking down barriers and getting rid of discrimination and intolerance. Inclusion enables people to feel respected and give them a sense of belonging. Inclusion in the social care setting is ensuring the individual is the centre of their lives encouraging their involvement in the care and support provided. 1.1 iv discrimination Discrimination is
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