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Unit 2 task 2 -National Initiatives and anti-discrimination legislation.

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National Initiatives and anti-discrimination Anti-discriminatory practice Anti-discriminatory practice aims to counteract the negative effects of discrimination on service users and/or care workers. All employees in a health and social care setting should promote this practice to ensure equality for everyone in the setting and help get rid of any discrimination. This is important because it ensures that the effects of discrimination don?t prevent service users? needs being met, For example in a school if a child goes to the afterschool homework help club, but one of the teachers there repeatedly ignores him because he is black, he may stop going to the homework help club and end up getting in trouble in class for not doing his homework, however if the school had anti-discriminatory practices and he wasn?t discriminated In the first place then he would be receiving the help he needs to succeed in his work, which in turn helps his overall education. National Initiatives National initiatives cover anti-discriminatory practices and there are three main ones: Conventions, legislations, and regulations. They aim to ensure everyone is treated individually and equally no matter what their race, culture, age etc. These come under the sector of anti-discriminatory practices where they overcome discrimination if it takes place. There are three main national initiatives which cover anti discriminatory practice they are; Conventions, legislation and regulations. Codes of conduct also come under national initiative. They are there to provide care workers guidance on their responsibilities to help them understand what they are required and expected to do as a health care professional. ...read more.

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) recognises the rights of all children. It was ratified by the United Nations in September 1989 and came into force in the UK in 1992.1 The UNCRC gives children and young people (under the age of 18) specific rights, through 54 articles. These include the right to: a family life; be protected from violence; have a say and be respected; be healthy; and have an education. It also gives extra rights to children and young people living in difficult circumstances such as young people in trouble with the law, young refugees and asylum seekers. September 2008 saw the completion of the UK?s most recent five-year reporting period on the implementation of the UNCRC, culminating with a hearing at the United Nations in Geneva. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child then issued to the UK Government its conclusions and recommendations. The main aims of the UNCRC are: To promote respect for the views of children Support forums for children?s participation in matters affecting their lives Protect children against discrimination, including by addressing intolerance and negative perceptions of children and young people. (Anon, 2016) How legislation supports respect for cultural diversity in care settings The Equality Act 2010 supports respect for cultural diversity in different ways. The characteristics that are protected by the Equality Act 2010 are: Age Disability Gender reassignment Marriage or civil partnership (in employment only) ...read more.

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It is essential to understand that sexual discrimination is judged to be unwanted attention by the victim of the behaviour, not the perpetrator. There are many ways in which sexual discrimination can occur. Examples of sexual discrimination: A company employs or promotes a male worker with fewer qualifications or less experience over a female worker, a man or woman is demoted upon their return from paternity or maternity le, a man or woman is omitted from social or corporate events due to the group consisting of mostly females or males, a woman who is not offered employment due to the nature of the work i.e. physical or ?dirty? work etc. (Inbrief.co.uk, 2016) Both the Disability Discrimination Act and the Sex Discrimination Act link together to ensure both aspects of discrimination (disability discrimination and sex discrimination) are covered. The Equality Act and the Disability Discrimination Act both legally protect people from discrimination in the workplace and in society. The Disability Discrimination Act protects disabled service users from being discriminated because of their disability. For example in a school, a child may be prevented from going onto the playground due to there being stairs leading up to it, which the child cannot climb due to his wheelchair. The Disability Discrimination Act would mean that the school must install a ramp or other way of access for physically disabled people to access the playground. Or, in the same setting, a girl might not be allowed to play football at lunchtime because she is female. The Sex Discrimination Act would prevent the teachers from discriminating against the girl just because she is female, and she would have to be allowed to join in with the football game. ...read more.

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