Values are part of my upbringing and play a major part in my own life, as they underpin my thoughts and activities. As a sociable work student I need to question my own values, beliefs and ethics as these will have a large impact on my behavior as a specialist. My personal values are congruent to the values of sociable work, which is why I've chosen a career in a social care. This beliefs are self - conviction to promote sociable justice, being caring and helpful toward others, truthfulness (credibility) and respect. Employed in Residential and Good care Homes further developed my interest in promoting social justice and cultural change with respect to the service users. I understand, that as a sociable work student I have to act in accordance with the beliefs, and ethics of the career, knowing how personal and professional worth may issue with the needs of diverse clients.
To value variety means acknowledging my very own prejudices, allowing visitors to vary and respecting these dissimilarities. Being increased in Poland, where 96, 7% of society is polish my upbringing was "white" and inspired my prejudice about folks from other cultures. Because of lack of contact and knowledge I have made a preconceived wisdom about other races. My communal environment such as religious beliefs and culture has affected me to behave using ways towards other folks. My religious beliefs created a stereotype and prejudice about homosexuality. My values would not recognize homosexuality scheduled to influence of the church on my frame of mind towards sexual orientation. Moving to England and changing my interpersonal environment made me realize how incorrect those perceptions were. Surviving in multicultural environment made me aware of different ethnicities, religions, races, which helped me to improve my frame of mind towards people from diverse backgrounds. I've made friends from different parts of the earth what helped me to improve my understanding of different civilizations and religions. I've learned how to accept and value the differences. I am aware and recognise that we surviving in a diverse society and that there surely is much
to be gained with a variety of people, with a variety of backgrounds, approaches, abilities and contributions.
My experience with discrimination started when I migrated to England in 2004. I was often at the mercy of insulting racial jokes. The stereotypes about my culture and people along with labelling were very offensive and agonizing. The people with whom I have already been working held hostile attitudes toward Polish people and culture. I was working in Foundation and Breakfast where the majority of employees were British. My employer treated me in a different way than other employees. When allocating the tasks, she would often give me the almost all of them living the rest of the staff doing next to nothing. On one occasion one of the employees didn't complete the given job and she said "Let the Polish can get on with this". She would not need dared to take care of other employees the way she cured me. Probably she thought that she could easily get away with it because I did not know my privileges and my British language was very poor. I found that experience very painful and could not realize why I was cared for this way. Later on I have found out that it was a primary discrimination and it is illegal to be cured this way. There are a number of regulations and legislations that could connect with my situation such as:
The 1976 Competition Relations Work, which "helps it be unlawful for an company to discriminate against you on racial grounds. Race includes: coloring, nationality, ethnic or national origins". ( www. direct. gov. uk)
The Equality Work 2010 "provides a new cross-cutting legislative platform to safeguard the rights of people and move forward equality of opportunity for all; to upgrade, simplify and fortify the previous legislation; and also to deliver a straightforward, modern and accessible framework of discrimination laws which protects people from unfair treatment and stimulates a fair plus more similar society". ( www. equalities. gov. uk)
I may possibly also use agencies such as Citizen Advice Bureau, which provides free advice to foreigners, and often offer a translator to provide information and advice on job rights, including discrimination. ACAS is another organisation, which provides general information on career rights and duties.
Being discriminated in the past made me realise how damaging the consequences of discrimination can be. I've started to question why people discriminate against each other. On many occasions I have see discrimination but credited to lack of knowledge I was not able to test it and accept or disregard it. Last year on the Gain access to Course I have developed a knowledge which helped me to understand why discrimination happens in contemporary society. I have discovered different theories behind discrimination which helped me to understand its roots. Since then I have become more observant and started to reflect on my own actions and activities of others. Schon (1983) recognizes two types of reflection. Representation - in - action, which is "thinking back again on what we've done to discover how our knowing in action may have contributed to an unexpected outcome. We may do so after the truth, in tranquillity or we might pause in the midst of action (stop and think) "(Schon, 1987:26). Representation -in -action is about challenging my assumptions, considering again, in a fresh way about the condition that I've encountered. Representation - In - Action is happening "where we may reflect in the midst of action without interrupting it. Our thinking functions to reshape what we should are doing while doing it" (Schon, 1987:26).
By watching others in my current work place I have discovered negative experiences within a Care Home based on emotions of discrimination and unfair treatment that was against my own values and believes. Among the examples of discrimination that I've see was discrimination through the terminology. Employed in a Residential Home as a carer I've noticed a worker using patronising and insulting language towards residents. I found that terminology very disrespecting and decided to test my colleague. I've came to the realization that he kept a negative frame of mind towards older people, as he regards to residents as " dirty old woman", and call them as "useless ". I've told him that 1 day he also will be old and
is that the way he would prefer to be seen. At this point my Manager came up in and after explaining what has happen, the employee was asked to leave the premises. In reflection on this experience I have realized that people have different behaviour to aged people, which are different to my very own attitude.
Another observation entails a resident having negative behaviour towards dark-colored people. The resident would not allow a black employee to provide any type of help or personal good care. She'd shout and swear using insulting terms as soon as they entered the area. Because the majority of carers are dark-colored it is hard to allocate a white member of staff to help her. When requesting her why she will not want a dark employee she solved that she "will not want blacks to help or touch her because they're dirty and "useless". Using one occasion when participating this citizen I made a decision to struggle her perceptions about black people and called a new black member of staff to help me when supplying personal care. I have explained to the resident that she is a new member of staff and she will only watch me. She accepted it but was not very happy about it. While working with resident I began to ask the girl questions, such as why she would like to work here and does she like her job. She responds that she was looking after her grandmother who passed away just lately and has a great deal of experience and this she enjoys supporting other folks. The resident was listening but did not say anything. I used to be hoping that she will change her negative attitude after spending a while with the dark-colored employee, after watching me using a positive conversation with her. Not being aware of the resident frame of mind the girl asked her if she would like her to do her mane because she i did so it very nice to her grandmother. The citizen did not answer just sat on the couch and gave the girl a scalp brush. On that level I have remaining the room wishing that this experience will change her attitude and prejudice against dark people. The resident now could be being went to by black personnel without any problems, and interacting in a respectful way.
REFLECTION WITHIN THE Plans OF CHALLENGING DISCRIMINATION IN MY WORK PLACE (JEWISH RESIDENTIAL HOME)
The use of Anti - Discriminatory practice at my workplace is fundamental to the honest basis of treatment provision, and equality legislation is crucial to the safety of service users dignity. It imposes particular obligations on general population and companies to avoid stereotyping and to respect service user's diverse needs and ethnical diversity. To test discrimination Jewish Attention has placed into place a written guidelines and procedures to cope with discriminatory behaviour and practice.
A starting place in challenging discrimination and oppression is having awareness of the several types and ways that discrimination and oppression may appear. Thompson PCS Research provides a clear and understandable approach to account discrimination and oppression in the context of personal, ethnic and societal levels. The process of empowerment is also vital in challenging oppression. On a personal level we could enable individuals to assume control over their lives, for example through improvement of self-esteem and confidence. On a ethnical level empowerment is concerned with becoming aware of ideologies premised on inequality. Discriminatory assumptions and stereotypes should be challenged to be able to break down an oppressive culture. On a structural level empowerment require abolition of structural inequalities from the structure of population. Education performs important role in challenging discrimination. By educating people to understand the complexities and effects of discrimination we can struggle traditional beliefs and practices concerning particular communities and promote equality, diversity, addition and tolerance.
Anti - discriminatory practice can be an approach which seeks to overcome discrimination and oppression, in terms of challenging all varieties of discrimination and oppression from our own practice and practice of others (Thompson, 2006).
As a social work student I need to develop further my anti - discriminatory practice. To do so I must recognise the significance of discrimination in people's lives, especially in the lives of disadvantaged people. I also have to develop self-awareness and make sure, that my very own action will not strengthen discrimination.