Shc 33 : Promote Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children’S and Young People’S Settings

SHC 33 : Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

All people are different, unique and come from different backgrounds and this is what makes humanity so diverse. If we are to embrace human diversity we will not only learn about other people but we will be able to overcome bias and prejudice, which can take many forms based on race , religion, sex, sexual orientation, culture, disability whether it is physical or mental, age and class to mention but a few. Our aim should be to accept everybody as individuals and to treat them with equal respect without being influenced by our own background and upbringing, mainstream media or by our surrounding community. The equality act of 2006 combined many existing laws regarding equality into one comprehensive act which was subsequently updated in 2010. The act ensures that everybody is treated equally regardless of their age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. To uphold this law we need to ensure that the playing field is level to start with and that everybody is catered for. At pre-school level, we are governed by codes of practice which are outlined in our policies and procedures that are regularly updated, inspected and followed to ensure inclusion and equality.

Discrimination is when we treat individuals differently because they belong to a different group. We have preconceived ideas of what people are like because they are different to us. This lack of knowledge and understanding can result in us feeling threatened and behaving differently towards them. Discrimination will result in individuals, their families and their friends being left out of certain situations and activities, marginalised or being avoided all together. This will adversely affect the discriminator who will be unable to enjoy the benefits of diversity and the individual being discriminated against could suffer from low self esteem, confusion, anger...