Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights

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Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights Poster Equality: Equality means to be treated equally and fairly. The definition of equality basically means that everyone has equal rights, regardless of what factors they may have that cause them to be different. Every individual should be treated equally; there are laws in place to help ensure people are. An example of equality is that women now have the right to vote, the same as men can. By law every organisation must have an equal opportunities policy. In relation to health and social care the equal opportunities policy states that all individuals must receive the same high level of care. Diversity: Diversity means accepting and respecting differences. This means that everyone is recognised as being different and that their differences are respected. Everyone is an individual and has differences, no one is the same. Diversity is about acknowledging everyone is different and accepting their differences. It is also about treating everyone fairly and with respect regardless of their differences. An example of diversity is our society; as it is made up of individuals of both sexes, all ages, different religions, races, appearances and personalities. In health and social care it is it is important that both health care professionals and service users accept one another’s differences. For example, if a service user did not embrace and accept diversity then they may not share effective communication with a service user and therefore this may lead them to treat them unfairly. Rights: Rights are legal entitlements Labelling: Labelling is describing someone or something in a word or short phrase. An example of labelling could be a mother introducing her daughter as the ‘clever one’. Labelling someone in health and social care, can affect communication or the way one is treated. This could lead to someone
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