Diversity ethics and anti discriminatory practice

Thompson, n. (1997) anti-discriminatory practice (2nd ed), basingstoke: macmillan

Whilst this term has largely disappeared from the lexicon of probation, we choose to use it here because it accurately describes the work that was needed, and is still needed, to address injustices perpetuated with certain groups of offenders within the system. The current terminology of 'diversity' and 'equality' in our opinion, does not adequately address the power differentials between different 'diverse' groups of people in society. Now that there is a major shift in the structural arrangements for work with offenders there is a danger that what has been learnt could be forgotten again to the detriment of service users and front line staff. Gatekeeping of reports was a process that enabled staff to share and question suppositions made in the workplace. To paraphrase the language from a Probation Trust, still cited in a link in a new Community Rehabilitation Company website: public sector duties have been outlined in the Equality Act to give due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimization. The framework is spread over nine core standards or capabilities, which includes diversity. Responsibility for learning more about diversity issues starts with individuals. No one can ever hope to understand all aspects of diversity as they apply to every individual without doing this, she says. Statistics for the number of black and minority ethnic individuals who are either locked up or on supervision have been available since and section 95 of the Criminal Justice Act enshrined in legislation the duty on the Secretary of State to publish data annually to enable the judiciary to know the consequences of their sentencing decisions. She highlights the importance of striking a better balance between service user choice and the principles of diversity, noting that social workers have a right to work in an environment without discrimination too. The practice that emerged during this time to address the growing evidence of differential treatment, was referred to as 'antidiscriminatory practice' ADP and became embedded in training programmes and practice assessment at that time.

The language used by probation staff can influence how offenders are perceived by the judiciary, with Whitehouse, back in warning that stereotyping of Rastafarian offenders resulted in court reports being damaging to the client in terms of prejudicial language.

This also suits his mobility needs as his disability means he can only walk short distances. This should be accompanied by supervision incorporating diversity, says Nicki Ward, Social Work Action Network Swan member and social work lecturer at the University of Birmingham.

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In order to work alongside individuals rather than for them, says Sadd, practitioners have to listen to their needs and concerns and adapt their care packages to these needs — there may be a greater role for religious or cultural groups to provide these outside the usual care system.

For example, in terms of gender, the Corston Report very eloquently made the point that equal outcomes for men and women required different approaches. However, getting Crawley out of the house was not the only issue.

Joe Mairura, interim board member of the College of Social Work, says it is important to create a space where social workers can learn from each other.

Thompson anti-discriminatory practice

However, getting Crawley out of the house was not the only issue. In order to work alongside individuals rather than for them, says Sadd, practitioners have to listen to their needs and concerns and adapt their care packages to these needs — there may be a greater role for religious or cultural groups to provide these outside the usual care system. This should be accompanied by supervision incorporating diversity, says Nicki Ward, Social Work Action Network Swan member and social work lecturer at the University of Birmingham. No one can ever hope to understand all aspects of diversity as they apply to every individual without doing this, she says. Now that there is a major shift in the structural arrangements for work with offenders there is a danger that what has been learnt could be forgotten again to the detriment of service users and front line staff. Vern Pitt reports on the challenges laid down by the Social Work Reform Board By Vern Pitt on February 25, in Workforce In a multicultural society, social workers are expected to recognise diversity in their practice and actively tackle oppression. This is a noble sentiment and we argue that the new forms of language need to incorporate the original concepts of discrimination, difference and equality. Of course anti-discriminatory practice also applies to the recruitment, support, career structures and opportunities for staff. This prompted responses from government and an acknowledgement that the system at the time was not favourable to women. To limit the chances of this he now has transport which takes him directly to his seat in the football ground, rather than the main gate to avoid the crowds. The language used by probation staff can influence how offenders are perceived by the judiciary, with Whitehouse, back in warning that stereotyping of Rastafarian offenders resulted in court reports being damaging to the client in terms of prejudicial language. For example, in terms of gender, the Corston Report very eloquently made the point that equal outcomes for men and women required different approaches.

The practice that emerged during this time to address the growing evidence of differential treatment, was referred to as 'antidiscriminatory practice' ADP and became embedded in training programmes and practice assessment at that time.

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Diversity, ethics and anti discriminatory practice