Concepts of Equality, Diversity and Care

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Concepts of Equality, Diversity, and Care

What is Equality, Diversity and Care?

* Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.

* Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people’s differences to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all staff and students.

* Care is the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something/ Serious attention or consideration applied to doing something correctly or to avoid damage or risk.

Equality and Diversity can be promoted by:

* Treating all staff and students fairly

* Creating an inclusive culture for all staff and students

* Ensuring equal access to opportunities to enable students to fully participate in the learning process

* Enabling all staff and students to develop to their full potential

* Equipping staff and students with the skills to challenge inequality and discrimination in their work/study environment

* Making certain that any learning materials do not discriminate against any individuals or groups

* Ensuring policies, procedures and processes don't discriminate against anyone

The importance of equality in a health and social care setting

Equality is an important factor within a health and social care setting because professionals work with all types of people and they can’t discriminate them for their race, gender, class, sexuality, age etc.

Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone can participate and have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and no one is unfairly disadvantaged whilst Diversity is about valuing peoples' differences and addressing their different needs and situations.

Equality is important within schools because some children have disabilities need to be treated equally in order for them to develop and not feel discriminated and left out. Also, if a child is discriminated by staff in a school it can affect the child’s happiness and they may feel left out.

Equality is important in health and social care because it promotes equality and no discrimination whether this is direct, indirect or positive discrimination against an individual and by noticing it earlier their needs can be met quicker.

It means recognising discrimination and identifying the risks of discrimination - whether direct discrimination, indirect discrimination or harassment.
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The Equality Act 2010 protects individuals within any setting but is it very important within a health and social care setting because it protects them from discrimination due to their; Age, Disability, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Race, Religion or Belief, Gender reassignment, Marriage or Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity. This is important for an individual’s protection and rights to be protected.

It is important to tackle the barriers that some individuals are facing such as not being able to access the services that they need.

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