Equality and diversity are essential components of health and social care. Good equality and diversity practices make sure that the services provided to people are fair and accessible to everyone.
They ensure that people are treated as equals, that people get the dignity and respect they deserve and that their differences are celebrated. Equality and diversity shouldn’t be seen as bonus benefits to your health or social care setting but more as integral constituents.
What is Equality and Diversity?
Equality means ensuring everyone in your setting has equal opportunities, regardless of their abilities, their background or their lifestyle.
Diversity means appreciating the differences between people and treating people’s values, beliefs, cultures and lifestyles with respect.