Promote Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings

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Unit 303 Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings (SHC 33) Understand the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion The meaning of diversity is difference. Diversity is allowing people to be different and recognising and respecting these differences. We should also challenge others if necessary and speak up for the individuals, if they cannot speak for themselves. Background, culture, personality and work-style in addition to the characteristics that are protected under discrimination legislation in terms of race, disability, gender, religion and belief, sexual orientation and age are all factors inclusive in diversity. If in society our actions went deeper than just acceptance of individual’s differences but welcomed them we can create an environment in which everybody feels valued. The meaning of equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. Equality means that everyone is being treated the same, but different people have different needs so individuality should be taken into account. Equality is about making sure people are treated fairly and have access to equality of opportunity. Equal opportunities are safeguarded by the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998. The meaning of inclusion is to include everyone within a group not leaving anyone out because of their race, gender, religion and belief or sexual orientation. Inclusion is about positively striving to meet the needs of different people and taking deliberate action to create environments where everyone feels respected and able to achieve their full potential. Inclusion is recognising that we are "one" even though we are not the

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