The Equality Act 2010 was created to bring together 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. This makes it easier to manage. This Act provides a legal framework (guidelines) to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality or opportunity for all. It is unlawful to not follow these guidelines. It protects everybody. The Equality Act 2010 promotes anti-discriminatory practice by making sure all people are treated equal and are given the rights and opportunities they deserve. The aim of this Act is to put together previous laws and to protect people with protected characteristics from being iscriminated against.
It also protects people that are associated with people with protected characteristics. The four Acts that come under this legislation are the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, The Disability Discrimination Act 2005, The Age Discrimination Act 2006 and Race Relations Act 2000. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 was created as women gained more rights and opportunities but still faced discrimination. This Act was created to help them into employment and make them equal to men. This Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against men and women on the grounds of sex or marital status.
It rotects men, women, people who have undergone gender reassignment, those who are married, in a civil partnership or single and those on maternity or paternity leave. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 promotes anti-discriminatory practice by protecting men, women, people under gender reassignment, those who are married/in a civil partnership/single and those on maternity and paternity leave from discrimination on the grounds of sex or marital status. An example of this Act in practice in health and social care is within a hospital.
For example, if a male and a female applied for the same job as a octor and the male got chosen even though the female was more qualified. This Act would protect the female and give her legal standing against this hospital. The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 was created to ensure that disabled people are treated in a fair and equal way. This Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people and make sure they have the same rights and opportunities as able people. It protects anyone with a disability or impairment.
The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 promotes anti-discriminatory practice by ensuring that disabled people and their carer are reated in a fair and equal way. An example of this Act in practice in health and social care is within every service. This Act makes sure that disabled people can use the same services as able people, like making services accessible. For example, adding ramps to a doctor’s surgery so disabled people can access it and making sure there are lifts as well as stairs (or instead of) so disabled people can access the whole of the service.
The Age Discrimination Act 2006 was created to protect people from ageism and age related issues. This Act makes it unlawful to discriminate, harass of unfairly treat anyone based on their ge. It protects everyone. The Age Discrimination Act 2006 promotes anti-discriminatory practice by protecting people of all ages from being discriminated against on the grounds of age. An example of this Act in practice in health and social care is within any setting. If someone is applying for a job, the short list board will not see how old the person is so cannot make their judgement based on that.
They will also not see their sex, sexuality, race, if their disabled etc. The Race Relations Act 2000 was created to promote positive relationships between races and to give different races the ame opportunities as each other. This Act makes it unlawful to discriminate anyone on the grounds of race. It protects everyone. The Race Relations Act 2000 promotes anti- discriminatory practice by making it unlawful to treat a person less favourably then another on racial grounds. It also promotes good relationships between races. An example of this Act in practice in health and social care is within a nursery.
A professional should encourage the children of different races to play together and treat them the same, instead of separating them and treating the children that are a minority race or a ifferent race to the professional’s worse than the children that are the same race as the professional. The Mental Health Act 2007 was created to protect people’s own health and safety and the health and safety of others around them. This Act makes it lawful to detain (section) someone or give them treatment against their will if they are a danger to themselves or others around them as a result of their mental illness.
This law applies to everywhere in England and Whales and covers all people with a mental illness. The Mental Health Act promotes anti-discriminatory practice by protecting people ith mental illnesses from being discriminated against, and also protecting them from hurting themselves or others. An example of this Act in practice in health and social care is within a hospital. Someone with a severe mental illness may be sent to a mental health unit and treated against their consent. This is protecting them from hurting themselves or other people.
For example, if they were to hurt someone else because of their mental illness they may be prosecuted for this instead of given treatment, especially if they reject treatment. This would be discrimination. They may also not get a fair trial if they are entally ill. The Care Standards Act 2000 was created to ensure high standards are being met by the sector and that all places have the same basic standards. This Act makes it unlawful to give someone less care than others, or to not have your service be at the same standard as others and make sure each service is giving a high quality of care.
It covers the care of individuals in all types of settings, including domiciliary, fostering and family care. The Care Standards Act promotes anti-discriminatory practice as it makes sure all care is of a high standard. An example of this Act in practice in health and social care is within a care home. If a child’s care home is not paying as much attention to them as others, this is discrimination and the child is protected under the Care Standards Act 2000.
The Nursing and Residential care Homes Regulations Act 2002 was created to protect residents and make sure their care and buildings are at a high standard. This Act makes it unlawful to not meet set standards and to give your clients lesser quality care than other services (and the basic standards set). It protects residents/clients of nursing and residential care homes. The Nursing and Residential care Homes Regulations Act promotes anti-discriminatory practice by making sure all nursing and residential care homes are at high standards.
An example of this Act in practice in health and social care is within a residential care home. If an elderly person is not getting treated as well as they would in a different home, and the home they were in did not follow the basic standards, they would be protected under this Act. This care home may also be shut down, if it was severely unsatisfactory. The Children Act 2004 was created to ensure the care and support of children was consistent and of a high quality across ervices and in social services.
This Act provides legal guidelines for how social services and other agencies deal with issues relating to children. It makes it unlawful to break or not follow these guidelines. It protects children in any service where children would be. The Children Act promotes anti- discriminatory practice by keeping all children safe and well. An example of this Act in practice in health and social care is after a child leaves a foster home. They should make sure that when they go to their foster parent’s/adoptive parents they will have economic stability and will be safe.