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How national initiatives promote anti-discriminatory practice

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Task 3 P4 How national initiatives promote anti-discriminatory practice Conventions, legislation and regulations Health and social care workers are not expected to know every detail of every law which promotes anti-discriminatory practice in health and social care. But it is important to understand major legislative framework and basic principles. These should be applied to all aspects for caring for an individual. Codes of practice and charters Codes of practice are a guide and advise from health and social care workers on roles, rights and responsibilities. They help service users identify the support and behaviour which they can expect from the carer. Most settings have charters which tell the service user what they can expect from the service. A charter set out the rights and the responsibilities in an easy read accessible format. ...read more.

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Advocacy In some occasions if an individual is too ill to speak for themselves they have the right to have an advocates help. An advocate is a person who will speak on the behalf of the service user. The person that speaks on behalf of the service user must put the views of the service user first rather than their own perception of the views. In health care settings you will find guidelines for accepted behaviour for an advocate. Work practices Work practices should demonstrate equality and right at all times. All settings have policies and procedures that cover equality and rights. But if the staff and service users are unaware of them or do not follow them then there is no point in having them. Promotion of policies is a part of staff training. ...read more.

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Complaints procedures All setting has a complaint procedure which is inspected when audits are carried out. Each settings complaint procedure is different but contains roughly the same information but the wording will vary. Anti-harassment All settings should have a policy which deals with harassment. This must be available to the staff and updated regularly. UK laws have aimed to prevent harassment or bullying on the grounds of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation and disability. Confidentiality The Data Protection Act of 1998 is the guidelines of the use of personal information which should be followed. The service user has the right that their information is collected and stored in a secure place. As well all care workers must keep the service users confidentiality at all times. Human rights All health and social care settings are expected to follow guidelines which are linked to human rights. The settings policies should be adopted for the human rights act 1998 and followed will demonstrate quality practice ...read more.

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