Unit 03- Champion Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Unit 03- Champion Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
      1.1 Explain the models of practice that underpin equality, diversity and inclusion in your own area of responsibility
Diversity is about breaking prejudices, by acknowledging that people can be different and respecting these differences. It is also about challenging others if necessary and speaking up for the individuals you support when they cannot speak up for themselves. For example, in a care home there will be different service users, coming from different backgrounds, cultures, speaking various languages and with different needs and thus dissimilar levels of support required. Equality is about recognising individual as well as group differences, by treating people fairly and evenly and placing positive value on diversity. Inclusion is the act of including or the state of being included. As everybody is part of society and should be treated fairly and be granted access to opportunities and be supported to participate. Inclusion is anti-discriminatory and works in partnership with equality and diversity.
Discrimination is a preconceived attitude towards members of a particular group formed only upon the basis of their membership of that group that leads to less favourable or bad treatment of that person, for example: A public building does not provide reasonable access for a person in a wheelchair to be able to access the building in the same way as other people. There is strong evidence showing that discrimination and negative attitudes towards a person or a group can be extremely harmful and affect their health and wellbeing. Potential effects may include:
  * Causing upset, stress and anxiety among people with disabilities
  * Mental health problems (e.g. depression)
  * Affecting individuals’ self-esteem, wellbeing and the quality of their lives
  * Individuals choosing coping strategies like isolation
  * Affecting individuals’ hopes and expectations
  * Encouraging prejudices or...