Understanding Equality

Understand diversity, equality and inclusion in own area of responsibility

(1.1) Explain models of practice that underpin equality, diversity and inclusion on own area of responsibility.

(1.2) Analyse the potential effects   of barriers to equality and inclusion in our own area of responsibility.

(1.3) Analyse the impact of legislation and policy initiatives on the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion in own area of responsibility.

As a   manager of an organisation working within the social care field the importance of understanding the positive values of equality, respect for dignity inclusion   cannot be over-estimated. On a day-to-day basis care workers will   face   challenges that well possibly conflict with their own beliefs and values. By definition someone who is receiving support within the social care field can be considered to be vulnerable   in one way or another.   Inevitably, caring for others and engaging with them in decisions about their lives often involves the exercise of power, which has the potential to be misused and abused.
How the care worker understands and approaches the responsibilities of the role will have a direct impact on either increasing equality and   nullifying discrimination and disadvantage, or helping to reinforce, perpetuate or even increase inequality, discrimination and disadvantage.   It can be argued that discrimination is often perpetuated unwittingly and arises from ignorance, insensitivity or commonly held beliefs that I'm not challenged.

The role of the manager is to ensure that anti-discriminatory practice is promoted as a key organisational Value. Ensuring staff awareness and training Is maintained. The most proactive approach To this is to include it in the daily briefing. Staff should be given the opportunity to openly discuss any concerns they may have relating to equality.   Staff should be given the opportunity in a non-judgemental environment to discuss what equality means.   The most...