1.1 Explain models of practice that underpin equality, diversity and inclusion in your area of responsibility

Definitions from the Oxford Dictionary define the following ;
Equality   - The state of being equal
Diversity – A state of being diverse , a diverse range; a variety
Inclusion – The act of including or state of being included
There are two main models that are used to underpin equality, diversity and inclusion. The first model is the ‘Equal Opportunities Model’ and the ‘Difference and Diversity Model’
There are nine protected characteristics that are included in the Equality Act 2010 whereby the law prevents people from being discriminated against. These include Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Race, Pregnancy or maternity, Religion/belief, Marriage or civil partnership, Sex, or Sexual orientation.   Within my role as a Team manager I ensure that all clients and staff within my team are treated equally without discrimination. By not taking in to account differences and treating people unequally can lead to individuals losing their dignity, respect, self-esteem, self-worth and their ability to make free choices.   I ensure that with continuous supervision of my staff and training, I can promote good practice among the team to ensure that the service we provide is not discriminatory.   Within the company we give equal opportunities to all clients following they meet all admission criteria. The equal opportunities model identifies barriers which may need to be overcome.   Staff members will be promoted within the company based on their own merits and abilities.   In practice I support individuals wherever needed, for example a client we support has a hand disability, so by providing specialist equipment has meant she is able to access the same restaurant as everyone else to have a meal in instead of only being able to eat at home. This sense of inclusion has made her feel valued and empowered that her disability doesn't have to affect her day to day...

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