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Monday, 12 June 2017

Describe key legislation and codes of practice relating to diversity, equality, inclusion and discrimination in adult social care settings

There are various pieces of legislation in place related to equality, diversity and discrimination. These include Equal pay act 1970, sex discrimination act 1975, race relations act 1976, disability discrimination acts 1995 and 2005 and disability act 2001. Many of these legislations are now covered by The Equality Act 2010, in order to make the law easier to understand and strengthening protection in some situations.
These legislations and national minimum standards are set out by Government Bodies, to promote equality, diversity and eliminate discriminations which must be followed by all service providers. Few of the codes of practices, relating to these legislations are described below-
  • It’s unlawful to treat anyone less favourably on the basis of a whole range of factors: Race/colour, Religion or belief, Nationality, Sexual orientation, Ethnicity, Disability, Gender/sex, Gender reassignment, Marital status or pregnancy and Age
  • Everyone has the right to receive equal pay for work of the same value, regardless of whether they are a man or woman
  • An authority cannot discriminate against anyone because of their sex, marital status and gender reassignment
  • The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to treat any individual less favourably than others because of individual’s disability.
  • Any authority must made necessary adjustment to accommodate for an individual with disability or special needs while accessing services 

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