Mr Alexander Angelov

Equality and diversity within health and social care is vital to ensuring people’s differences are valued and that people are treated equally and supported to take part in whatever they wish to do.

      Many children and young people experience bullying because they are ‘different' or because they are perceived to be different.
More and more we are learning, working, socialising and mixing with a broader group of people and we must be open to the different perspectives, opinions and needs that this brings.  
So, what is equality and diversity?  How can it be defined and how can we ensure that we integrate an equality and diversity approach in to everything we do, particularly where children and young people are concerned, to teach them the value of difference?

      Equality enables us to create a fairer society where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Equality is mostly backed by legislation which is designed to address unfair discrimination among members of a particular group in society, but it's everyone's responsibility to pomote equality, to support each individual’s needs and avoiding treating everyone the same.

      Diversity is the recognising and valuing difference in its broadest sense. It is about creating a culture and practices that recognise, respect, value and embrace difference for the benefit of everyone.

      Inclusion is about giving equal access and opportunities and getting rid of discrimination and intolerance.

      Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are different things they need to be progressed together. Equality of opportunity will only exist when we recognise and value difference and work together for inclusion. 

      It's vitally important for support workers, as well as anyone who come into contact with children and young people in any setting to be seen to value difference. If this isn't the case and bullying is taking place, it may act as a barrier in communication,...