Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Health & Social Care

With this Equality and Diversity in Social Care course discover what is meant by the terms equality and inclusion as well as exploring how to work and promote working in an inclusive way.

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Course Overview


  • Introductory Course
  • 30 Study Minutes
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 1 CPD Hour
  • CPD Certified

Course description

When working in a social care setting it is likely that you will be supporting and caring for people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. It is important to ensure everyone within you care is treated equally and fairly, being given the same opportunities and treatments.

With this short course understand the importance of equality and inclusion, how to work in an inclusive way and where and how to access information support and advise about diversity, equality, and inclusion.

This 30-minute course can be used as an introduction or as refresher training to ensure that all learners have up to date knowledge of Equality and Diversity in health and social care.

Learning Outcomes for this course include:

  • Explain the importance of equality and inclusion
  • Be able to work in an inclusive way
  • Access information, advice and support about diversity, equality, and inclusion


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


At the beginning of each module learners will be asked to answer a “knowledge check” question. Answering the question correctly will allow learners the opportunity to skip this section. However, if they wish to complete it anyway, they are still able to.

On completion of this course, learners will be able to print a Virtual College certificate. Learners must complete the course to obtain their certificate.


30 study minutes to complete. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly learners can study and absorb the material.

Target Audience

This training is designed for care workers and support workers wanting to get a good understanding of what is required of them within their role as well as for anyone working in a Social Care setting wanting annual refresher training.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Our Equality and Diversity in Social Care online training course is mapped to the Skills for Health Core Skills Training Framework and Skills for Care Core and Mandatory Training Framework. 

Here we explain each framework and their importance. 

Skills for Health Core Skills Training Framework:

The Core Skills Training Framework sets out minimum learning outcomes, frequency of refresher training and is linked to relevant legislation or expert guidance.

It can be used by any healthcare employer in the UK including NHS, independent and voluntary providers.

We have mapped our eLearning courses to the learning objectives within the Core Skills Training Framework, to give organisations the confidence that they can use the eLearning as a foundation for their wider training programmes.

Skills for Care Core and Mandatory Training Framework:

The Core and Mandatory Training framework was produced by skills for care in partnership with a panel of social care employers, learning providers and representative organisations and was updated in line with CQC’s revised inspection framework.

It sets out a series of minimum learning objectives and a suggested refresher frequency, to support care organisations to provide their staff with a foundation of learning and refresher opportunities.

You will learn

  • Explain the importance of equality and inclusion
  • Be able to work in an inclusive way
  • Access information, advice and support about diversity, equality and inclusion

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Care workers in residential/domiciliary settings, or support workers, wanting to get a good understanding of what is required of them within their role.
  • For anyone working in a Social Care setting wanting annual refresher training

How the online courses work

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  • Buy the course

    When buying one of our courses, you will need to enter a valid email address which will be used to create your account with our Learning Management System – Enable – where you will take the training. We will also send your purchase receipt to this email address, and any additional courses purchased in future using the same email address will be added to your system account.

    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College which will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable, the learner's name, the title of the course and the date of completion.

    If you have purchased the posted certificate option, available on selected courses, a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out the following working week after completion.