Diversity Guide

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Here are some common terms used in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion:

Diversity – recognising that people have many different identities, attributes, abilities, cultures and backgrounds.

Equality – treating people fairly/in a non-discriminatory way in order for them to achieve their own potential and access services or opportunities on an equal basis as others.

Inclusion – considering the needs of diverse people so they can access services or employment and other opportunities.

Prejudice – thoughts; making assumptions, judgements, based upon little or no facts. Also known as ‘unconscious bias’.

Discrimination – an action which excludes a person or people. It can include putting prejudice into action, not considering diversity, favouring someone over another (based upon their diversity characteristics), or using personal hatred or dislike of a culture/identity to disadvantage someone or a group of people. There are specific definitions of types of unlawful discrimination within the Equality Act.

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