‘We live and work in a society characterised by considerable diversity’
                                                                            (Thompson, 2006: 174).

What are the implications of this ‘diversity’ for social care practitioners?

"Civilization is a method of living and an attitude of equal respect for all people."

                                                                                                        Obama B. (2006)

Michael Martin presented a speech in Dublin (2001) in regards to ‘Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Diversity in the Health Care Sector in Ireland’. In his speech, Michael Martin stated that diversity gives social care practitioners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding cultural diversity in the health care sector from the twin perspectives of both clients and staff.” Awareness and sensitivity training for staff is a key requirement for adapting to a diverse population. The focus of the training should be on the development of the knowledge and skills to provide services sensitive to cultural diversity.” (www.dohc.ie/issues).

According to (Thompson, 2001: 34), diversity is a term increasingly being used to emphasise the differences between individuals and across groups, and the fact that such differences are best seen as assets to be valued and affirmed, rather than as problems to be solved. Diversity and difference can cause discrimination and thus oppression can take place.

This essay will discuss diversity and its potential effects with regards to social care work. Social care workers (SCW) encounter many problems and obstacles in attending the elderly, the young and the physically impaired. Ireland becoming a much more multi-cultural society,   has had an affect on the clients that are worked with and the colleagues that are encountered. It is now not unusual for a SCW to work with a black person or a person from an Eastern European country. Nor is...