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Equal Opportunities Policy

Equal Opportunities Policy

AIMS

  1. Discover DeCrypt recognises that discrimination, harassment and victimisation occur and are detrimental to individuals, families and communities.

  2. Discover DeCrypt is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity to all staff, volunteers and visitors regardless of race, colour, nationality, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

  3. The purpose of this policy is to set out clearly how Discover DeCrypt intends to combat direct and indirect discrimination in its organisation, amongst its volunteers, in the facilities, events and activities it provides and in its relationships with other bodies.

CODE OF PRACTICE

  1. Discover DeCrypt will endeavour to make its buildings and facilities fully accessible to all, regardless of ability by providing a lift, accessible toilets, clear signage, hearing system and induction loop, talking pens and interpretation that uses plain English, with information in large print available.

  2. Discover DeCrypt will offer training to staff and volunteers to ensure full understanding of how discrimination occurs and how to prevent it.

  3. Staff and volunteers will have the Equal Opportunities Policy explained to them and will be required to comply with and implement the policy.

  4. All applicants for jobs will be treated fairly and no applicant will be excluded on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, religion, belief or sexual orientation, or in any other respect which cannot be shown to be a necessary requirement of the job concerned. The best person for each job will be chosen.

  5. All staff and volunteers will be considered on their own merits and abilities to do the work they wish to do. Neither staff, volunteers nor visitors will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

  6. Any member of staff, volunteer or visitor who feels that this policy has not been upheld may make a complaint to the Centre Manager, the Volunteer Co-ordinator or the Rector. Complaints will be dealt with by an agreed procedure. This will include listening to all parties involved, supporting those who feel they have been discriminated against and not victimising them for raising a complaint. Any person accused of behaving in a discriminatory or harassing way will have the opportunity to put across their point of view. Any decision to exclude an individual due to discriminatory or harassing behaviour will lie with the Rector and the Trustees, and will only be made after careful consideration.

CODE OF CONDUCT

  1. All staff, volunteers and visitors will be treated equally with dignity and respect.

  2. Incidents of harassment and victimisation will be taken seriously.

  3. At all times people’s feelings will be valued and respected. Discriminatory behaviour or remarks will be unacceptable.