Aims & ObjectivesAim To gain an understanding of ‘Equality of Opportunity & Diversity’ and strengthen good practice both personally and professionally.Objectives To add or improve your knowledge of ‘Equality of Opportunity & Diversity’. To become aware of your rights and responsibilities.
What is equality? “Accepting that everyone is different and treating themwith an equal level of respect.” ‘We are all human but we are not the same.’
What is diversity?“Embracing these differences and creating a more inclusive environment.” ‘We are all human but we are not the same.’
Equality covers:• Race• Religion & Belief• Sex and Sexual Orientation• Marriage and Civil Partnership• Pregnancy and Maternity• Age• Disability• Gender ReassignmentGovernment laws are in place to enforce these.
What is a stereotype? ‘Putting people in categories or pigeon holes’ Examples • All doctors are male • All Irish are stupid and drink Guinness • All blondes are unintelligent • All taxi drivers are Asian • All American people are overweightThese are examples of common stereotypes thatwe should challenge.
What is prejudice? ‘Pre-judging a person or group of people without fact, reason, knowledge or thought.’Prejudice is often a result of lingering stereotypes.
What is discrimination? ‘Discrimination is the unfavourable treatment of groups or individuals.’There are three types of discrimination:• Direct• Indirect• VictimisationSee induction handbook for definitions.
Discrimination experimentWho was Martin Luther-King?Try searching on www.bbc.co.ukFollowing his death, Jane Elliott, an Americanteacher, conducted an experiment on her 3rd gradepupils to show the effect of discrimination.The following film shows the 1970 experiment. ‘A Class Divided’
What is harassment? ‘Any behaviour that is unwelcome or the receiver Any behaviour finds offensive’ found offensive by anyone ‘bullying’ ‘Unwanted sexual or racial conduct which is offensive to the recipient’
Current legislation (law)The Equality Act became law in October 2010 and it replaces and harmonises previous legislation as below:-• The Sex Discrimination Act – 1975 (Addition) Gender Reassignment 1999• The Race Relations Act – 1976 (Amended) 2003• The Disability Discrimination Act -1995 (Amended) 2003 – Oct 2004• Employment Equality Regulations (Sexual Orientation) 2003• Employment Equality Regulations (Religion and Belief) 2003 Employment Equality Regulations (Age) – December 2006All company policies and procedures should comply withgovernment legislation.The Equality Act covers the same groups and these are nowcalled ‘protective characteristics’.
Policies & procedures at workMany organisations have developed theirown Equality & Diversity policies which coverall matters involving staff and customers.Not complying with these policies can resultin serious disciplinary action.It is essential that you fullyunderstand and comply with yourcompany’s policies and procedures.
How can you actively promote Equality & Diversity? • By examining your own attitudes and values. This can be difficult to do. • By challenging behaviour and language that you find abusive or offensive. • By increasing your knowledge and understanding of people who are different from yourself. • By undertaking training that will increase your knowledge.
Further Informationwww.youthinformation.comwww.equalityhumanrights.comwww.stonewall.org.ukwww.direct.gov.ukwww.bullyingonline.orgwww.acas.org.ukFurther information can be accessed at the abovewebsites or from:Paula Vaughan – Equality & Diversity OfficerTel: 0844 815 0804E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aims & Objectives revisitedAim To gain an understanding of ‘Equality of Opportunity & Diversity’ and strengthen good practice both personally and professionally.Objectives To add or improve your knowledge of ‘Equality of Opportunity & Diversity’. To become aware of your rights and responsibilities.
Well Done!You have now completed the Equality & Diversity package.Please make sure you complete theexercises in your Induction Handbookfor your assessor to check.Once you have completed yourInduction Handbook you can print offyour certificate. REMEMBER: We are all human but we are not the same.
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