Introduction to Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings

Unit 9: Introduction to equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children and young people’s Settings

      1.1 Explain what is meant by a. Diversity b. Equality C. Inclusion D. Dis-crimination

Diversity is defined as the differences between individuals and groups of people. For example, many children originate from all over the globe and don’t have English as their first language.

Equality is defined as   the right of different groups of people to have a similar social position and receive the same treatment. For example children should all be treated equal no matter what the colour of their skin is or their religion nor gender.

Inclusion is defined as the process of identifying, understanding and breaking down barriers to participation and belonging. It must be ensured that the children and their parents gain from the settings and feel like they are welcomed.

Discrimination is defined as treating someone less or more positively than other people because they or their family are seen as belonging to a particular group in society.

      1.2 Describe ways in which discrimination may deliberately or inadvertently occur in the work setting.

Discrimination may happen as members of staff are not aware that their attitudes and actions get in the way of children’s opportunity to develop and learn. Another common form of discrimination is stereotypes. This is where people fall into the trap of making the assumptions that because people belong to a certain group they have the same characteristics and needs as other members who behave in the same way. If somebody is stereotyped, then we see one characteristic of that individual and not as them being a unique person. Furthermore we limit their abilities, achievements and lower our expectation of that individual.

      1.3 Explain how practices that support equality and inclusion reduce the likelihood of discrimination

One way in which practices that support equality and inclusion reduce...