Equality & Diversity

Principles of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in adult social care settings
Diversity – Everybody is unique in their own way. We should be able to work in an environment and be accepted for whom we are and be respected by each and every one. Each individual is exceptional and we should be recognised for our individual differences.   These include, gender, race, religion, ethnic minority, sexual orientation, age, physical ability or political beliefs. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing it with enthusiasm. It is extremely important to support and protect diversity. We value individuals and groups free from prejudice, and by fostering a climate where equity and mutual respect are essential.                                                                
Equality- I know this as ‘Equal Opportunities’ this means it is based on the legal obligation to eradicate and comply with anti-discrimination legislation. Equality protects people from being discriminated against on the grounds of groups. For example sex, race, disability, age etc. Emphasising and merging the two principles together, diversity and equality can give an employee a sense of being accepted, appreciated, and positively motivating them to work at full capacity.
Inclusion- Is about all of us being as one and not separate. The primary purpose of social inclusion is to eliminate discrimination and encourage social interaction/cohesion to inspire peaceful living in the society.
Discrimination- To treat one particular group of people less favourably than others because of their race, colour, nationality, or ethnic or national origin. The law in Britain recognises two kinds of discrimination: direct and indirect. Direct discrimination occurs when a 'protected characteristic' such as race, colour, nationality, or ethnic or national origin is used as an explicit reason for discriminating. Indirect discrimination occurs when there are provisions, criteria or...