Unit 12 Essay

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UNIT 12: Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings Learning outcome 1 – Understand the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion. 1.1 a. Diversity literally means difference. 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 visible and non-visible factors, which include personal characteristics such as 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. By recognising and understanding our individual differences and embracing them, we can create a productive environment in which everybody feels valued. b. Equality means treating everyone equally regardless of their colour, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability etc. it is different to treating people the same; different people have different needs, so individuality should be taken in to account. For example, it would not be equal treatment to provide two different residents with information about the services available written in English, if one of those people spoke another language and could not understand English. Staff in care settings must value diversity, and not give favourable treatment to certain groups of people at the expense of those whom they hold prejudices against and having the change to be able to have the rights. c. Inclusion means ensuring that all people within the care setting (with or without disabilities) are valued and can take part in the activities. It’s about providing the support that people want in order to live their lives as fully as possible. Examples of inclusive practice:
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