Unit 503 Equality

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Unit 503 Champion Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 1.1 Models of Practice that underpin equality, diversity and inclusion in own area of responsibility. Within my role as a manager I have to ensure my own and staff members practice is fair and that practice is underpinned by policies and procedures that raise awareness about equality, diversity and inclusion, encouraging debate and devising strategies of practice that empower rather than disable. This practice needs to be passed on to the foster carers and the young people we come into contact with. Equality can be explained as ‘fairness’ treating people fairly and ensuring individuals receive what they are entitled to and to an equal standard, consideration and respect. These standards are modified on the basis of need and not on the basis of practitioner preference. Applying the principle of equality requires practitioners to take an active stance to ensure systems, processes and practices do not unduly disadvantage those who receive the service, within my role this is staff, carers and the young people. A popular model of promoting equality is through the equal opportunities approach. To understand equality it is necessary to understand that all individuals should have the same opportunities to achieve good outcomes. This approach is based around the starting point for all individuals being the same. To do this, barriers must where possible, be removed, or that positive interventions are implemented to nullify disadvantage caused by those barriers, so opportunities can be realised. The approach requires that individuals are not treated differently on the basis of irrelevant criteria such as age, race, disability, gender or sexuality. Within my role for example, to not provide a young person with one carer with the same opportunities as another. Another example would be, to provide
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