Unit name: Equality and inclusion in care settings
Learning outcome: 1. Understand the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion
Assessment criteria: 1.2 Describe the effects of discrimination
When an individual is discriminated against, it can make them feel sad, angry and unvalued, which can have an effect on their confidence and self-esteem. This can also result in a deterioration of their mental and physical health and their overall wellbeing.
People that are close to those that are discriminated against can also experience this range of feelings as well as guilt and helplessness at being unable to have prevented it.
Individuals and organisations that discriminate can have legal action taken against them and their reputation damaged. If discrimination goes unchallenged, it can make perpetrators feel that it is acceptable.
If discrimination is tolerated in wider society then it can create division and prevent people from working effectively with one another.