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Explain the concepts of equality, diversity and rights in relation to health and social care

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´╗┐Suzanne Bide Tutor Delrose Unit 2 assignment Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care Task 1 Criteria P1 Explain the concepts of equality, diversity and rights in relation to health and social care? P2 Describe discriminatory practice in health and social care? P3 Describe the potential effects of discriminatory practice on those who use health or social care services? M1 assess the effects on those using the service of three different discriminatory practices in health and social care settings? Task 1 P1. Explain the concepts of equality, diversity and rights in relation to health and social care Health and social care practice should acknowledge, respect and accommodate this diversity. Promoting inclusion and equality, taking rights into account, is an important part of health and social care provision. A central issue for care worker and care originations is how best to respond to the needs of a diverse population, while also ensuring that every service user enjoys equality. For example, services have to meet the particular needs of people of different genders, people who have differing ethnic and cultural background and people with a large range of abilities, disabilities, illnesses and impairments. Care workers need to appreciate the benefits of social and cultural diversity in order to provide appropriate care services in a fair and equal way. As we have see, residential care home care workers work with a socially and culturally diverse population of service users and colleagues. Recognising how each individual?s social and cultural background affects their personal and care needs, and their communication preferences is an important part of care practice. Care plans, treatment approaches and care relationships should all recognise and accommodate these aspects of individual?s identity, so that the person feels valued and respected. A care worker?s values and beliefs affect the way they provide care for other. it is important to recognise and accept other people?s values and beliefs, and to avoid imposing your own. ...read more.

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A service user, who has been bullied for different form, treated differently to others or felt that you weren?t given a fair chance to do something all this cans which lead to distress or even mental health issue. Infringement of rights is not respecting an individual?s rights and not letting them practise their culture. This can lead to individual feeling devalued and very sad, which will affect their health. Service user is discriminated against because of stereotyping, labelling and prejudice. This is damaging because it strips away the person?s individuality and dignity and exposes them to insensitivity and unfair discrimination. For instance prejudice is sets of negative, critical or hostile ideas about a person or group of people. For example Prejudices can become fixed or very difficult to change. They are closely connected to stereotypes. When people act on their prejudices, they discriminate unfairly against people. An individual might show a lack of respect for others by using hostile language, not sitting by certain people, avoiding working with another individual , not touching another person etc. if is a service user this can affect a service user health and social care. Form of discriminatory practice include physical abuse, neglect, avoidance and exclusion of certain service user, verbal abuse and devaluing or unjustified criticism in long period, a service users? self- confidence and self- esteem can be damaged permanently. People can feel disempowered when they are devalued by unfair discrimination. Ad well as reducing people?s work, education and lifestyle opportunities, unfair discrimination can lead to depression, stress, emotional injury, feeling of not belonging , poor self- concept, physical injury, poor mental health and negative behaviours such as criminality and aggression and long-term health problems or death. In conclusion to prevent discrimination from occurring, Non-discriminatory practices must be followed by organisations (and workers of) health and social care services. Organisations must promote equality and diversity at all times. ...read more.

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In the care home, think of the people and their likes and dislikes. Don?t assume you know ? ask them! In the play corner of a nursery provide a variety of activities for boys and girls. Some girls like to play with cars and some boys like to play at cooking. Visual displays these should represent a variety of people of different ethnic background and genders, so include male nurse and female doctors. Other hand staff and service users of the day centre may well be from a variety of backgrounds and all should be represented. M2 Assess the influence of a recent national policy initiative in promoting anti- discriminatory practice. The Equality Act 2010 provides a new legislative framework to protect the rights of individuals and promote equality for all: it is intended to update, simplify and strengthen previous equality legislation and to deliver a consolidated, modern and accessible framework of discrimination law. Equality Act 2010 Guidance on matters to be taken into account in determining questions relating to the definition of disability The Act states that a person who has HIV infection or multiple sclerosis is a disabled person. This means that the person is protected by the Act effectively from the point of diagnosis. Ensuring that all have an equal right to develop to their full potential. The Act applies to all organisations that provide a service to the public or a section of the public (service-providers). It also applies to anyone who sells goods or provides facilities. It applies to all care services, whether or not a charge is made for them. The scope of the 2010 Act ranges from employment measures to the provision of goods and services. The ?protected characteristics? which are protected from unlawful discrimination are: age, pregnancy and maternity, disability, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The key concepts of current discrimination legislation are retained and the definitions unified across all the strands i.e. direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation. ________________ ...read more.

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