Age equality and age discrimination in social care: an interim practice guide

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Corporate author(s)
Social Care Institute for Excellence (Great Britain)
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 September 2010
SCIE guide; 35
Older Adults, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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Ending age discrimination is a fundamental part of meeting our responsibilities in terms of respecting everyone’s human rights. This guide helps us all to understand the issues, raises awareness of where practice and decisions are discriminatory, and makes some suggestions for addressing issues and making progress towards greater age equality. It aims to help managers, commissioners, providers and practitioners in all sectors of adult social care to:

  • acknowledge and understand the occurrence, risks and effects of age discrimination
  • identify key features of an age-equalities approach to social care
  • recognise some of the obstacles to achieving age equality and reducing age discrimination
  • share information, develop ideas, and implement changes to overcome the obstacles.