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Equal opportunites legislation in care settings

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Review how legislation is used to promote equal opportunities in care settings. Government legislation is implemented in care settings through policies and codes of practice in order to: * Promote good standards of care * Make sure that individuals are aware of their rights and have their rights upheld * Make sure that organisations are complying with the requirements of legislation Key features of legislation relating to race A key feature of legislation relating to race would be the Race Relations Act 1976, which applies to discrimination in housing, employment, education, clubs, and goods and services, and makes both direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of race, illegal. The Act makes it an offense to incite or encourage racial hatred, (Nolan, 2008). ...read more.


Key features of legislation relating to disability The key features of legislation relating to disability would be the Disability Discrimination Acts (1975, 1995, 1998 and 2005). The legislation is in place to prevent discrimination against those who are disabled, and to promote their civil rights. The 1975 Disability Act also made it unlawful to discriminate between men and women; women must not be treated less favourably than men, (Fisher, 2006). According to direct.gov the legislation obligates public bodies to promote equal opportunities for the disabled and gives disabled individuals greater rights in the following areas: * Employment * Education * Access to goods, facilities and services * Buying or renting land or property According to the Act an employer cannot discriminate against an employee, or potential employee, on the grounds of their disability or any disability they may have had in the past. ...read more.


Since October 1999 service providers must ensure that disabled individuals are able to access their services; this includes care settings such as residential homes, nurseries and schools. Care settings can make their premises more accessible by having a ramp at the entrance for wheelchair users and allowing guide dogs on to the premises. Upon admission to a care setting individuals will usually be asked if they have a disability; this information is acquired to help measure equal opportunities and other statistics, and primarily to find out if the service user has any additional needs the setting should know about in order to provide good care. For example, a child with dyslexia in a primary school may need extra help during English lessons, and a service user in a residential home may have poor sight and need information provided in large print for them. 699 Words ...read more.

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