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What we mean by 'equality, diversity and inclusion'

When we talk about equality, diversity and inclusion, it’s with an understanding that these are separate but interlinked issues, which may need different approaches.

What we mean by 'equality, diversity and inclusion'

Last updated: 22 February 2021

When we talk about equality, diversity and inclusion, it’s with an understanding that these are separate but interlinked issues, which may need different approaches.

Equality

Equality means making sure that everyone is treated fairly and with dignity and respect. It means challenging discrimination and removing barriers, so that everyone has opportunities to achieve their desired outcomes.

Diversity

Diversity is about recognising the benefits of different values, abilities, and perspectives, and celebrating people’s differences. This means promoting an environment that welcomes and values diverse backgrounds, thinking, skills and experience.

Inclusion

Inclusion is providing a space where everyone has equal access to opportunities and resources, and where everyone feels valued and accepted. Everyone should be able to contribute and have a voice. This may mean making reasonable adjustments to facilitate participation.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Social Work England

The COVID-19 crisis and the death of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter movement, have thrown into stark relief that there has never been a greater need for social work and social workers in society.

Our profession, with its values and principles of anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice, is uniquely placed to lead the way in ensuring equality in all aspects of society. As the specialist regulator for social workers, we understand that we too have a key role to play in leading the charge on this, and leading by example. We commit once again to standing against racism and discrimination in all its forms.

We will be working to further embed the professional standards for social workers through our outreach and engagement in collaboration with those who have an interest in social work, including a focus on standard 1 which directly relates to diversity and discrimination.

We know there is more for us to do as an organisation and as the specialist regulator for social workers, and we commit to a relentless focus across all of our work to tackle racism and oppression.

Read and download our statement of intent on equality, diversity and inclusion.

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