4.2a Identify which legislation and codes of practice relating to equality, diversity and discrimination apply to their own role

There is some legislation which you should become familiar with to successfully support equality, diversity and inclusion. Here are the main ones that are central to your role as a care worker.

The Equality Act 2010

Makes it illegal to treat people unfairly because of a number of protected characteristics such as age, disability, sex, religion etc. It also provides protection for those who experience discrimination by association with someone who has a protected characteristic.

The Human Rights Act 1998

Sets out the way everyone should be treated by the state and public authorities. Equality and inclusion are basic human rights.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005

Sets out how to protect people who can’t make decisions for themselves because of a disability.

The Care Act 2014

Aims to make care and support clearer and fairer and put people’s well-being at the centre of decisions by bringing care and support legislation into a single act.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012

Sets out to give patients a greater voice in their care by modernising NHS care.

You should keep this legislation in mind when working as a care worker to ensure that you are doing everything you can to support individuals and respect equality and diversity.