Principles of Care - 1.2

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2) Promoting anti-discriminatory practice.

Discrimination means that certain individuals are treated less favourably than others because of a personal characteristic they may have.

Certain groups are likely to experience discrimination. These include:

  • People with learning difficulties
  • Older people
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People with mental health problems
  • Women
  • Minority ethnic groups
  • Minority religious groups
  • Gay men and lesbians

Discrimination may be direct or indirect, for example: racist and sexist jokes, isolating clients with mental health problems, avoiding looking at someone, ignoring someone with HIV and excluding certain residents from activites.

In order to promote anti-dicriminatory practice, health and social care organisations should:

  • Abide by Codes of Practice
  • Develope policies and implement them (Making sure they are followed and used)
  • Give staff training

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