Equality, Diversity and Rights in Care Work.

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Susy Langley

Student ID: 188552

'03 BTEC National Diploma in Care

Joy Olanipekun

Equality, Diversity and Rights in Care Work

Unit 1: Assignment 1


This assignment will define the terms equality, diversity and rights from more than one source of information. It will also describe the importance of these within health settings such as hospitals, residential care homes etc. Task two explains the effects of inequality, discrimination and lack of rights when they occur in health services.

Task 1


Here are the definitions I found for equality:

The state of being equal. The same size, quantity, quality, extent, level, status etc. (dictionary)

All people have equal opportunities, the same rights under the law and the rights to services provided by the government on the basis of their needs. (BTEC National Care book)

A state of being equal, treating al groups equally or the same. (Teachers notes)

The right of different groups of people to have a similar social position and receive the same treatment, i.e. equality between the sexes. (Cambridge advanced learner's dictionary)

I think that the definition of equality in the care book applies the most in health settings. It states that all people should have equal opportunities under the law so that there is open access to health services allowing every service user to receive treatment on the basis of their needs. It is important that health services such as hospitals, dentists etc practice and promote equality. This ensures certain patients or service users are not favoured, therefore denying others of their legal rights. If equality is not practiced it may lead to poor quality treatment or at worst being limited or denied access to services. For example if someone was refused entry to a care home or hospital primarily because of their race this would be in breach of Race Relations Act 1976. Equality is also required to ensure that everyone receives equal benefit from the service in relation to his or her individual needs. On the other hand equality is not simply for the benefit of clients in a health setting it also must be practiced regarding employment. For example it is wrong to not offer a nurses position to someone who is capable of the job because he/she has a physical impairment. This would be in breach of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and 1997. Equality is important so that services accommodate people who are disabled i.e. disabled ramps and disabled toilets. Regarding employment again it must be ensured everyone is paid the same without discriminating against sex or any other minority. For example if in a hospital female nurses get paid less than male nurses it would be actively promoting inequality. Although equality is a central aspect in hospitals, care homes etc the main thing is to challenge any inequality in order to maintain an environment where everyone has equality.
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Here are the definitions I found for diversity:

The state of being varied, having a variety. (Dictionary)

When many different types of things or people are included in something. I.e. ethnic and cultural diversity. (Cambridge advanced learner's dictionary)

Respecting and valuing differences. (Teachers notes)

Having a mix of different genders, races, ages, sexes, classes, disabilities and so on. (BTEC National Care book)

I think that the definition diversity in teacher's notes applies the most to early year settings. It states that in any care setting people's differences should be respected and ...

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