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4.2b Demonstrate interaction with individuals that respects their beliefs, culture, values and preferences

When interacting with an individual, you should do your best to respect their beliefs, culture, values and preferences. One of the ways you can do this is through ‘holistic’ care. Holistic means to look at all the aspects that make up a person and view them from different perspectives such as the social and cultural aspects of who they are. This helps to provide care that is person-centred and suited to the individual.

This may mean not providing food when the individual is fasting as part of their religion or providing food that is vegetarian or vegan friendly if it is required. Something you do with one individual might not be in line with the beliefs of another, so you should treat individuals differently based on what they believe. For example, one individual you care for might enjoy fishing and angling, but another might not agree with killing and harming animals for sport. As such, you should refrain from doing angling or similar activities with the individual that does not agree with harming animals for sport.

When caring for an individual, you should get to know them so you can understand what is and is not acceptable for them, otherwise you could harm the trust between them and yourself. You should always be accountable for your actions and promote the well-being of the individuals you care for, and respecting their beliefs and preferences is part of that.