Unit name: Equality and inclusion in care settings
Learning outcome: 3. Be able to promote diversity, equality and inclusion
Assessment criteria: 3.3 Describe how to challenge discrimination in a way that promotes change
If you encounter discrimination, it is important that you are able to challenge it in a way that promotes change.
Sometimes discrimination may occur inadvertently and you should ensure that you speak to the perpetrator about it so that they have the opportunity to learn and change their behaviour going forward. It is important to be sensitive about the situation and not embarrass them – perhaps ask to speak to them privately. You may wish to offer them support or signpost them to additional information if they wish to learn more.
If discrimination remains unchallenged, this can infer that it is acceptable and lead to increased frequency and intensity. It also reinforces discriminatory views and does not help individuals to reflect on and change their prejudices.