Unit name: Equality and inclusion in care settings
Learning outcome: 2. Be able to work in an inclusive way
Assessment criteria: 2.1 Explain how legislation, policy and codes of practice relating to equality, diversity and discrimination apply to own work role
To fulfil your responsibilities with regards to equality, diversity and inclusion, you will need to have an understanding of related legislation, policy and codes of practice.
The primary piece of legislation is the Equality Act 20210. This makes it unlawful to discriminate against anybody on the grounds of gender, gender reassignment, age, race, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, maternity or pregnancy, disability or religion.
In addition, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, protects individuals that may be unable to make decisions for themselves and the Human Rights Act 1998 sets out a number of freedoms that everybody is entitled to.
The Code of Practice for Adult Care Workers sets out the responsibilities of care workers in relation to equality and diversity.
There will also be local policies relating to equality and diversity including agreed ways of working provided by your employer (e.g. an equality policy and procedure).