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Unit: 3. Equality, Diversity and Rights

Health and Social Care

Learning Outcome: 1. I can describe the concept of diversity underpinning the health and social care sector. 

1 - I can list the factors that might lead to discrimination.
Social Factors: e.g. culture, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexuality, age, family structure, social class, geographical location, ideology.

Biological factors: e.g. physical disability, learning disability, mental health problems.
2 I can describe the different types of discriminatory practices that service users might face when accessing services.
Discriminatory practices : e.g. stereotyping, labelling, prejudice, bullying, access to services, access to employment.
1 I can discuss the effects of discrimination on a service user when s/he is a victim of discrimination.
Effects of Discrimination: e.g. anger/aggressiveness, low self-esteem, guilt/shame, sadness, poor mental health, disempowerment, feelings of not belonging, restricted opportunities, deviant behaviour, loss of rights. 
 1  I can participate in a debate about a factor that might result in discrimination. 

Learning Outcome: 2. I can understand the role of legislation and organisations in promoting equality. 

3 - I can explain the difference between a welfare state and welfare mix and why such states exist.
 Welfare State and Welfare Mix:  legislation; delivery of health and social care services; distribution of wealth.
4 -  I can identify  the main aim of current legislation which protects individuals from being discriminated.READING AND UNDERSTANDING
Legislation: e.g.

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

  • The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,

  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,

  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability,  

  • Convention relating to the Status of Refugees,

  • Constitution of Malta,

  • Equality between Men and Women Act,

  • Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disability Act),

  • Mental Health Act,  

  • Care Order Act,

  • Domestic Violence Act,  

  • Civil Code,

  • Civil Unions Act,

  • Adoption Administration Act,

  • Fostering Act.

5- I can outline the services which offer support to individuals.
Services: e.g.

  • Services for children e.g. residential homes, Office of the Commissioner for Children, childcare centres

  • Services for persons with disability e.g. Agenzija Sapport, Dar tal- Providenza, Arka Foundation

  • Services for the LGBTQI e.g. MGRM, Drachma

  • Services for people with mental health problems e.g. Richmond Foundation, Mount Carmel Hospital, Dar Victoria

  • Services for people with addictions e.g. San Blas - Caritas, Agenzija Sedqa, Oasis

  • Services for the Elderly e.g. St Vincent de Paule, Residential homes, rehabilitation centres

  • Services for the homeless e.g. YMCA, Dar Tereza Spinelli, Dar Leopoldo 

  • Services for people who are victims of abuse e.g. Dar Merhba Bik, Ghabex, Child Protection Services - Agenzija Appogg

  • Services for people with social problems e.g. Agenzjia Appogg, St Jeanne Antide Foundation, Caritas

2 - I can explain how professional employees working  within health and social care organisations  assist vulnerable service-users.
Professionals working with service-users: e.g.  nurses, doctors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers, care workers, physiotherapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, youth and community workers.
 2 - I can  interview a professional working within the Health and Social Care sector to understand his/her role within the organisation, the legislation s/he must take into consideration when working with service users and which organisation s/he may have to work with.

Learning Outcome: 3. I can understand the care workers' responsibilities in order to promote the rights of service-users. 

6 - I can outline the different rights of a particular service user.
Individual Rights: e.g. respect, equal treatment, treated as an individual, treated with dignity, allowed privacy, safeguarded from danger and harm, allowed access to information about themselves, able to communicate using their preferred methods of communication and language, supported in a way that meets their needs and takes account of their choices.
7:- I can describe the responsibilities of health and social care workers when dealing with service-users.
Professional responsibilities: e.g. Provision of active support, advocacy, support diversity/inclusion, promote equality of opportunity, confidentiality, effective communication, views and preferences, accurate recording, storage and retrieval of information.

Learning Outcome: 4. I can explain the core values and principles required in the health and social care sector. 

8 - I can outline the values that I as an individual believe in.
Values: e.g. altruism, ambition, adaptability, calmness, cheerfulness, commitment, compassion, courage, courtesy, empathy, fairness, generosity, health, honesty, hard work, positivity, obedience, self- control, reliability.
9 - I can describe the core values that health and social care workers must have to work with vulnerable service-users.
Values: e.g. service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, competence.
10 -  I can outline the principles mentioned in the Code of Practice  for social care workers.
Principles: the 6 principles in the Code of Practice for Social Service Workers.
3 - I can explain why it is important that my own values do not impact on the service given to service users.
4 - I can discuss how any two principles in health and social care relate to the promotion of individual rights.
5 - I can discuss how social service workers should behave with service users in order to offer a discrimination-free service.
3 - I can write a reflective essay on how my own values help me to provide a professional service to vulnerable service users.

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