Discuss discriminatory practice within health and social care

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Charliee Nicholls

Unit 2 Task 2 P2 P3 M1 Equality, diversity and rights

Barry Barnhurst

In this assignment I will be describing the discriminatory practice that may occur within health and social care and the potential effects of discriminatory practices on service users. I will also be assessing the effects of 3 different discriminatory practices on service users and the impact that this can have on them.

Infringement of rights is when you do not respect somebody’s individual rights. For example if somebody is of a particular religion or culture and has to pray at a certain time of the day and you do not allow them to carry this out, then you are infringing somebody’s rights. As a health and social care professional you need to be aware of these rights and ensure that you do not take them away from somebody. This can lead to an individual feeling devalued which can have big effects on their health, confidence and self-esteem.

Covert abuse of power- This is when a health and social care professional uses their power to discriminate against someone. This could include treating someone differently to someone else. Covert abuse of power means that someone abuses their power in a manner which does not draw direct attention to them or the practice itself. It is a means of undermining anti-discriminatory policies through the use of secretive forms of discrimination. If you reported this kind of discriminatory practice then it is often very difficult to provide inclusive evidence to support this.

Overt abuse of power is when a health and social care professional openly abuses their power. This is very similar to covert abuse of power, the only difference is that a professional will openly discriminate and abuse their power. If you witness this kind of discriminatory practice then it is often a lot easier to gain evidence for this as they do not discriminate as secretively and are very open about it.

Prejudice is a preconceived judgement or opinion. These judgements are usually from peoples negative opinions or experiences about an individual or particular group of people. For example, if you have had experiences with a male in the past and you pay more attention to females whilst you are working within a professional environment, this would be classed as prejudice. If you are working as a paramedic, and you are called to an emergency for a teenage female aged 18 who has collapsed after consuming alcohol. If you assumed that they has just drank too much and couldn’t handle it, then this would be classed as prejudice behaviour as you do not know the details of the individual or any current or previous health problems of that person. This kind of behaviour is not acceptable or professional as a health and social care worker.

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Stereotyping is when you make an assumption or have a negative opinion or a person or group of people without knowing anything about them. For example; if you see a group of youths in the street wearing hooded tops, then you may automatically think that they are going to cause trouble or commit a crime. This is the general idea that people get from the media as certain age groups are constantly slated. This is a negative approach to have as if you feel badly about a person and have pre judged them then they will instantly be able to ...

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This essay aimed to discuss discrimination and its effects in H&SC settings . There were some very good descriptions given for the sub categories of discrimination. Perhaps an example of bullying in a H&SC setting could have been given? The writing style was good overall, but there were a few grammar errors which could be minimised by careful proof-reading. 4/5