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Explain what is meant by: diversity, equality, inclusion and discrimination

Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Adult Care
Unit name: Equality and inclusion in care settings
Learning outcome: 1. Understand the importance of equality and inclusion
Assessment criteria: 1.1 Explain what is meant by: diversity, equality, inclusion and discrimination

The terms “diversity,” “equality” and “inclusion” are often used interchangeably, which can lead to confusion. In the UK, these three terms have specific meanings:

Diversity is all about having many different cultures represented in the workplace and beyond. Equality means fairness for everyone; it doesn’t matter what your background or situation is as long as you’ve got an equal opportunity. And inclusion is a key part of diversity that requires people to feel valued for who they are.

Discrimination is a term that is used to describe abuse or mistreatment towards someone because of their age, gender identity, race, religion or any of the nine protected characteristics specified in the Equality Act.

An example of diversity would be a company that hires people from different backgrounds or nationalities. Equality is demonstrated when everyone has a fair chance of success, regardless of who they are and their background. And inclusion requires all members of the community to feel valued for what makes them unique as part of an overall diverse group.