P1 Explain the concepts of equality, diversity and rights in relation to health and social care
Abuse – This can be where any action can cause harm or injuries to another person. It is not all physical abuse there is mental abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, substance abuse, elder abuse and psychological abuse. Linking this to a health and social care setting someone who has a different religion or is a different coloured skin who works in a care home could receive racial abuse from service users or even other colleagues.
Beliefs – A belief is something someone believes in whether it be fiction or non-fiction. It is where people believe in things and have confidence in things in which ...view middle of the document...
For example if someone applies for a job within a care home but they do not have as much experience as the other person who has applied, then they are at a disadvantage in their job search.
Diversity – Diversity means recognising people’s differences and taking into account their individualities, their ethnic backgrounds, knowledge, skills, needs and experiences. It is also about using those differences and putting them all together to make a workforce where everyone comes together despite differences. For example: if a teacher was planning a language activity they would have to consider and take into account the children who cannot speak much English and cannot understand it. This is because not all children are the same.
Empowerment – Empowerment means giving people power to their lives. It is where you give them advice but also tell them it is their life and they make their own decisions. It is about giving individuals skills, authority and motivation. An example of this would be a teacher giving their students empowerment to help them make the right decisions for their future and throughout their life.
Equality – Equality means treating people equally but not the same. It is important you don’t treat the same because an adult and a child wouldn’t want to be treat the same because you wouldn’t speak to a child how you would speak to an adult, or you wouldn’t give a 10 year old the same activity in school to do as a 5 year old. So the teacher would have to take into account that children are different and they all have different capabilities but they all need to be treat equally and they should all have the same opportunities as each other.
Equity – Equity means being fair. It means making sure people make the most of their lives. It means making sure everyone is being treated fairly and not discriminating anyone because of their life style choices such as people who take drugs. An example of this in a health and social care setting would be a councillor would have to treat someone who is abusing drugs and substances fairly how they would treat someone who has different choices in life.
Homophobia – Homophobia is where people discriminate against people who are homosexual. It is where they show characteristics of homophobia. An example of someone being homophobic would be someone making unnecessary or rude comments about homosexual. An example within a health and social care setting would be someone who is against gay people might not employ someone who is homosexual.
Stereotypes – A stereotype is a general belief about a group which is often created by observing people of that particular group over a long period of time. Examples of stereotypes are that “blondes are dumb,” “people with glasses are nerds,” “American’s are loud” etc. Within a health and social care setting someone might stereotype someone for applying for a job and they aren’t dressed in a suit and then they might not give them the job. This would be stereotyping...