P2: Use recognised terminology to explain the importance of promoting equality, recognising diversity and respecting rights in health and social care settings

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P2: Use recognised terminology to explain the importance of promoting equality, recognising diversity and respecting rights in health and social care settings


Equality: This means that all people have the same value but instead of treating everyone the same we treat people as an individual. This is because we all different meaning we will all have different needs, for example someone with a disability may need extra help or things have to be done differently to ensure they can access things unlike someone who isn’t disable and may not need extra help and attention. Every work place should have an equal opportunities policy to ensure that people are treated equally in relation to access to work and also to pay and conditions of work. This would also make sure that service users are not subject to discrimination through the actions or lack of action of the staff and also make that they are not being treated differently because of their background, beliefs and values.

Diversity: This is what we use to describe the range of differences of every individual and we believe it’s important acknowledge, recognise, accept and value those differences. It’s important that health and social care worker know that some differences can affect the health and health care of individuals, for example someone’s religion can affect the food choice of the individual. Because of this the health and social care environments provide people with choice so that there are no barriers between the individual and the health profession.

Rights: Everyone has the right to make their own decisions but this also would be link with responsibility. You as an individual have the basic human rights and in turn have a responsibility towards other people’s basic rights. People in the health and social care setting would have the right to things like privacy, have a say on how they would like to be cared for, choice of food and also the right to not be discriminated against. In the UK law there are 16 human rights in the legal systems which are: Right to life, Prohibition of torture, Prohibition of slavery and forced labour, Right to liberty and security, Right to a fair trial, No punishment without law, Right to respect for private and family life, Freedom of thought, conscience, religion, expression, assembly and association, Right to marry and education, Right to free elections , Abolition of the death penalty, Protection of property and prohibition of discrimination.

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Opportunity: This means that everyone should have the same opportunity in the treatment and care that they receive. By doing this means that no one is discriminated or not given an opportunity that others have. We make sure that all service users know about the opportunities available to them by bringing the information to your attention or in some cases involving health professionals in the care or treatment of the individual.

Stereotyping: This is when people are assumed to be something they’re not or behave in a certain way because of the way they look or the things they do. For example ...

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