The process of making or an acting law. There are a number of different acts in Legislation, these include: Sex discrimination act 1975 This act applies for both men and women. It promotes that both men and women should be treated equally. For example in transport, education, jobs, equal pay etc. It promotes anti-discriminatory practice by making sure that men and women are treated equally, if this act didn’t exist, men and women may be deprived of certain choices. This act includes any discrimination against homosexual marriages or civil partnerships, any discrimination against pregnant women and maternity leave.
Every organisation has policies and procedures, and they must be set out where anyone who wishes to read them can so do if they wish to. This is promoting the individuals rights, as they will be aware of the policies and procedures and will know if something is not done to the required standards and also anti- discriminatory practise as everyone is entitled to read these and take any action if they think the policies are not met.
Advocacy is also another way of promoting rights because if someone is not aware of all their rights then an advocate may be used to speak on behalf of that individual, otherwise they may not be receiving all the rights that they are entitled to. An advocate can be anyone, a trained professional to a friend or family member, but they have to understand they are not expressing their own views and opinions; they are speaking on behalf of someone else. As policies and procedures are always changing health and social care staff have to have updated training on them.
The same with new technology the staff are introduced to. Equality, diversity and rights legislations are also constantly updated so staff must be kept informed of these changes. By law all settings should have complaint procedures; these will be inspected when the setting is audited. The complaint procedure does vary between different settings.