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4- HSC CM1: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

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1.1.     Define the terms:

  • Equality
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Discrimination


Equality simply means treating everyone in accordance with their needs. With equality, everyone is provided access to opportunities and the same rights. In terms of healthcare, equality means that everyone may obtain care and support, regardless of age, race, physical condition, or other characteristics. Although health and social care may be divided into different sectors, with some professionals working with children and others with the elderly, all are committed to providing health and social care services to anybody who needs them.


A person’s individuality and differences set them apart; however, diversity is the acknowledgement of an individual’s individuality and differences and accepting them as they are. As individuals, we differ due to several characteristics, including age, sexual orientation, religion, talents, etc. Respecting these differences leads to tolerance, acceptance, and the free exchange of ideas. This is what diversity is all about.


Inclusion entails having a meaningful function to play in society and being actively involved in one’s chosen role in the community. Inclusion ensures no one is left out and everyone lives with a strong sense of belonging to their immediate community and society. By being a part of a system that works, inclusion helps people feel like they belong, leading to a state of good well-being.


This is the unfavourable behaviour and unjust treatment that one person or group may exhibit toward another person or group of people as a result of perceived prejudice or a biased opinion toward that person or group or because of one of their distinctive differences. Discrimination can take many forms, such as denying a group of people access to a service or benefit because of their colour, class, religion, or ethnicity.

Other answers in the full document:

  • 1.2. Explain how rights are promoted in health and social care services.
  • 1.3. Discuss ethical dilemmas that may arise when balancing individual rights and duty of care
  • 2.1. Explain how to promote equality and support diversity.
  • 2.2. Describe how to challenge those not working inclusively in a way that promotes change
  • 2.3. Explain how to support others in promoting equality and rights
  • 3.1. Summarise legislation and codes of practice relating to equality, diversity, inclusion and discrimination.
  • 4.1. Evaluate the role of the health and social care practitioner in meeting individuals’ needs through inclusive practice

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