Champion Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

1.1 It is vital in all aspects of supporting individuals that person centred support is practiced. All individuals are to be treated as individuals and treated depending on the condition they are suffering, basically support the person not the condition. All support plans that I develop are written with this philosophy in mind. Obviously the condition has to be taken into consideration as they may well be treatments and needs to support them to manage their conditions but even with this I look at it as supporting the individual to manage their condition not managing the condition for them.
Equality and diversity does not just apply to the individuals we are supporting but also includes those carrying out the support namely the staff. People come from all walks of life and it is important not to discriminate against people for anything including gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, religious beliefs, culture, even something as simple as if they drive.
Within the United Kingdom we have an extremely diverse population and some of diversity brings with it a range of social and educational issues that services and practitioners will need to recognise, understand and work with. All service providers and practitioners must work in a way that supports equality, diversity and inclusion. The government has its own mandate to build a safe, just and tolerant society for everyone in the uk, regardless of age, race, religion, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age. For practitioners and service providers who value diversity there are a number pieces of legislation in place to promote equality and reduce discrimination, these include:
• The disability discrimination act 2005.
• The race relations (amendment) act 2000.
• The human rights act 1998.
• The sex discrimination act 1975 ( as amended)
• Employment equality regulations 2003.
• Equality act 2010.
• Care standards act 2000
• Mental capacity act 2005
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