Unit 3 – Principles of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Adult Social Care Settings.

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Joyce Bratt Unit 3 – Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings. 1.1a Diversity means difference. Diversity is about acknowledging your prejudices, allowing people to be different and respecting these differences. It also about challenging others if necessary and speaking up for the individuals you support when they cannot speak up for themselves 1.1b Equality means treating people in a way that is appropriate for their needs. For example, if Michael Flanders wanted to board the plane, it would be no good saying to him, “you have the same stairs as everybody else”. What is needed is a way of getting on the plane that will suit everybody’s needs without showing them up and treating them in a way that is worse than other people. 1.1c Inclusion is a human right for every individual. The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people irrespective of race, gender, disability, medical or other need, culture, age, religion and sexual orientation. It is about giving equal access and opportunities and getting rid of discrimination and intolerance. 1.1d Discrimination is a preconceived attitude towards members of a particular group formed only on the basis of their membership of that group that leads to less favorable or bad treatment of that person. The attitude is often resistant to change even in the light of new information. It is essential that you do not allow your prejudices to influence the way you work with individuals. 1.2 Direct discrimination could take place if individuals are treated less favourably or given a lower standard of service than other individuals because of their gender, race, ethnicity, culture, disability, religion, sexuality, class, mental health and age. Indirect discrimination could take place when a rule or policy that applies equally to everybody is more restrictive for people from a certain group.
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