SCH 23: INTRODUCTION TO EQUALITY AND INCLUSION IN HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE OR CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S SETTINGS
1.1. Explain what is meant by diversity, equality, inclusion and discrimination
Diversity means differences between individual and groups of people, e.g. the United Kingdom is a diverse country, it comprise of people of a range of ethnicity, people from a variety of cultural, social and family background.
For example at my work place I get to work with all kinds of children who are different from one another, I get to work with children with Asian, African and European background and all these children come from families with different cultural and beliefs.
Equality means having the opportunity to achieve and flourish which are as good as the opportunities available to others. People have different needs, it is important to understand each person’s individuality and character in order to be able to offer them equality of opportunity. You need to know people’s needs so that you can adapt to their individual needs, e.g. As a practitioner, if you are aware that one the children in your class has a sight difficulty, you can help the child by making sure that they sit in front of the class so that they can see more clearly, you can also help the child by writing big letters that they can read without trouble.
Inclusion means the process of identifying, understanding and breaking down barriers to participation and belonging. Inclusion also involves eliminating discrimination and promoting equality. Essential to inclusion is the ability to make sure that barriers to participation, learning and achievement are removed. This can be accomplished by fully including families in your setting and taking into account the diversity of the children and families who attend your setting. Inclusion involves striving to remove barriers to children and their families by encouraging participation and making families feel welcomed and valued. It is important to...