Explain Models Of Practice That Underpin Equality

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Unit 503 1.1 Explain models of practice that underpin equality, diversity and inclusion in own area of responsibility. Although sometimes used interchangeably, the terms ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’ are not the same. Equality can be defined as ‘the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities’ Equality is about ‘creating a fairer society, where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential’ (DoH, 2004). By eliminating prejudice and discrimination, Genus Care can deliver services that are personal, fair and diverse and help create a society that is healthier and happier. Equality is treating everyone equally irrespective of individual or cultural differences. The right to equal opportunities and not treating everyone the same and recognising everyone as individuals The Equality Act (2010) is designed to address unfair discrimination, harassment and victimisation and advance equality of opportunity and ensure good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. These characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. Diversity can be defined as ‘the state of being diverse’. Diversity literally means difference. Diversity recognises that though people have things in common with each other, they are also different and unique in many ways. Diversity is about recognising
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