Promote Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings


Unit title:   Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

1.1   Explain what is meant by diversity, equality and inclusion
Diversity means variety and or dissimilarity.   Everyone is unique and our differences should be recognised, accepted, and embraced.   Diversity can be the differences in individuals such as race, gender, religious beliefs, age, disability and background.   It is about understanding other people’s qualities and values that are different from our own.


Equality means that everyone should be treated fairly and equally regardless of their differences.   It means for example that a disabled person should have the same opportunities and rights as an able bodied person.   People from a different race or religion should be treated the same as others and be free from discrimination.   In the workplace it can be that a man should not be paid more than a woman for doing the same job.   Equality does not mean treating everyone equally, we all have our various differences, therefore individual needs have to be met and taken into account. We should all be treated with equal concern.


Inclusion is a term used to describe a sense of belonging or being included within a group or setting.   All children and young people have the right to thrive with their learning and ambitions whatever their circumstances may be.

1.2   The potential effects of discrimination

Discrimination can come in different forms such as stereotyping or prejudices for many things such as age, disabilities, skin colour or sexuality.   It usually means that you are judging someone or a certain group of people unfairly, either by the way they look or assumptions you may have.   For whatever reason this could cause the person to have a lack of confidence or low self-esteem.   They may feel unwanted and excluded, and it may lead to anxiety and insecurity.   In turn this could hinder their ability...