Explain the Concept of Equality, Diversity and Rights in Relation to Health and Social Care

P1 – Explain the concepts of equality, diversity and rights in relation to health and social care

It is said that every person is unique. We are born and raised in a particular culture, society and religion, have specific friends and family, go through particular life and work experiences, have our own thoughts and beliefs, live a specific lifestyle, enjoy particular food and this is what makes us individuals. We are diverse in many things from others but our differences also connect us to others who share our backgrounds, beliefs and experiences.

People come together from different aspects of life, from different races, nationalities, religions, cultures, sexes, age, abilities, political beliefs, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, forming groups or communities. However, whatever the common basis may be, the uniqueness of every person will bring with it diversity within each community.

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect and this can only be achieved, not by mere tolerance, but by understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing individual differences. By embracing and valuing these differences, diversity will give people a chance to experience different things outside of what they are normally accustomed to.   They can learn to understand different cultures and societies, different points of view, understand why certain people dress, act, talk or eat as they do, learn new ideas and perceptions. Diversity can create curiosity and want to learn more about other communities. In a nut shell, it promotes personal growth and a health society.

As it enriches the educational experience throughout life, diversity can also be a tool to help groups, such as young people with complex needs, who come together due to some disability, traumatic or discriminating experience, abuse, drug addiction, bullying or crime that is disturbing their lives.

Young people go through emotional, physical and behavioural changes. Coupled with...