Promote Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Childrens and Young Peoples Settings Essay

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Unit 3: Promote Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social care or Children's and Young People's settings Diversity describes the differences between individuals and groups in society arising from their gender, ethnicity, social, cultural/religious background, disability, sexuality, age, appearance, beliefs or any other social characteristics. Equality is a condition where each individual in society is afforded the same rights, respect and opportunities as others. Inclusion describes a process that involves identifying, understanding and breaking down barriers to participation and belonging. The potential effects of discrimination can be different for different people. The effects can be physical, emotional or a combination of both. For example children with disabilities may not be given a chance to join in with activities due to others thinking that their disability prevents them from being able to do so. This will make the child feel very different from others. There are various pieces of legislation which have been put in place to promote equality and reduce discrimination. These include: • The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 • The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 • The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 • Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 • Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN, 1989) • The Human Rights Act 1998 • The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (as amended) • Employment Equality Regulations 2003 The way in which we interact with each other in society is regulated by law. The Equality Act 2010 brings together all previous acts relating to equality and discrimination. The Act applies to all organisations that provide a service to the public. The Act protects all individuals and groups from discrimination. Early years setting must be aware of these laws and have in place a policy regarding equality of opportunities
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