Assignment 303 - Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
A) The equality act is a legislation that is in place to ensure that people are given equal rights and opportunities regardless of their age, gender, disability, reace, religion or belief and sexual orientation. This legislation promotes diversity, equality and inclusion by making it a requirement that they are commonly practiced and incorporated into the health and social care setting making it illegal to discriminate against a person / or persons for any reason.
Diversity is all about difference, and its value is the quality and variety that different people bring to society. Examples of how people differ from one another, it can be through appearance, ability, race, gender, culture, talent and beliefs.
Equality is about everybody being equal to one another, but not necessarily treating them all the same. Because everyone’s needs are different you as a support worker have to look at the individuals needs, and assess what you can do to improve their quality of life, whilst keeping them safe and still promoting independence.
Inclusion is about involving everyone in society, making sure all have opportunities to work or take part in social activities even though they may have a disability. E.g. mental health problems.
Discrimination is stopping someone from their right to speak up and voice themselves properly or not let them do an activity, this can happen to either a certain group of people or it can just be one person. Nonetheless its a very cruel way to get to somebody. Also this leads to more serious matters such as a major loss of self esteem and this can reduce their ability to develop and maintain a sense of identity.
The main acts incorporated into the equality act 2010 are:
The care quality commission
The disability discrimination act 2005
Human rights act 1998
The equal pay act 1970
The sex discrimination act 1999
The race relations act...