We work ethically and in accordance with the law.
We believe that all human beings are of equal value and that diversity is good. We work to advance respect for equality and diversity through every aspect of its work.
We aim to create a culture that respects and values individual differences, that promotes dignity, equality and diversity, and that encourages individuals to develop and maximise their true potential. We will not discriminate on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. All employees and volunteers whether part-time, full-time or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect.
In short: treat others with the same respect with which you would wish to be treated
Our commitment to equality and diversity means:
We will positively promote the importance of human equality and value of our diversity. We will encourage everyone to develop and make the best of their abilities. This policy will be shared with all employees as an essential component of their work. Discrimination by an employee or volunteer will be treated very seriously and where appropriate will be a disciplinary matter.
When defining jobs and recruiting to those jobs care will be taken to ensure that neither the job description nor person specification is discriminatory.
We will aim to attract the widest pool of appropriate applicants. We will not exclude, discriminate against, or discourage any particular group from applying nor make it difficult for any one from such a group to apply.
The application and short listing process will be designed to ensure that there is no involuntary bias towards or against any particular group. Care will be taken to ensure that processes are open and extend to include people from groups who might be indirectly excluded from recruitment.
Questions asked will seek to gather objective evidence in support of the job description and person specification. The same questions will be asked of all candidates applying for the job. Disabled candidates will be asked if they need support during the interview process or adjustments should they be offered the position. Notes will be taken and evidence gathered in a consistent way for all candidates.
Selection for posts will be objective and will not be based on personal bias. Scoring systems will be used when appropriate. Offers will be made to successful candidates, subject to satisfactory references and DBS check (where required). All unsuccessful candidates will be informed of the result of their application and offered feedback.
For certain positions we will request enhanced disclosures for all employees, and volunteers. This requirement will be clearly stated in the application pack.
We will not discriminate against ex-offenders with unspent convictions, unless required to do so because of the nature of the post. All applications will be considered on an individual basis.
We will consider all requests for flexible working arrangements constructively and creatively, taking account of the balancing the needs of the organisation with the needs of the individual employee. We will offer a range of flexible working arrangements and will work collaboratively to identify solutions that suit both the individual and the organisation.
All employees and volunteers be supported to access training to advance their skills. Special needs and requirements for people with disabilities or caring responsibilities will be taken into account whenever practicable and methods sought to help them overcome disabilities in taking up training opportunities.
We will respect people’s need to celebrate their religious festivals and meet the other demands of their religion. Employees are required to use part of their annual holiday entitlement to cover time off for these and must follow the normal holiday booking procedure.
We will make genuine efforts to recruit people with disabilities or different abilities and take reasonable steps to make the workplace and individual jobs accessible to everyone. We will ensure that people have maximum access to employment opportunities and to meetings and events, regardless of any disability.
We will take seriously any complaints of discrimination and will not victimise people who make such complaints. Staff will be made aware as part of the induction process of their responsibilities in relation to equality and diversity and that discriminatory behaviour will be fully investigated and dealt with using standard disciplinary procedures.
We uphold the right of all employees and volunteers to be treated with respect and dignity and to work in an atmosphere free of bullying and harassment. All employees and volunteers are responsible for ensuring that their own behaviour is sensitive to others and for ensuring that they do not condone or support the bullying or harassing behaviour of others. All complaints of bullying and harassment will be treated seriously and should be raised using the Grievance Procedure. All complaints will be investigated and where appropriate, the Disciplinary Procedures will be followed.
We will endeavour to ensure that all its work is sensitive and appropriate to respond to the needs of all groups, whenever practicable, i.e. taking account of the needs of minority groups. We will take care to avoid unintentionally discriminatory passages appearing in published, printed or spoken material. We will continue to combat any form of discrimination. We will work with others to ensure that the diversity of the population in Wales is recognised and celebrated.
All employees and volunteers have the individual responsibility to follow procedures introduced to ensure equal opportunity and non-discrimination. To refrain from harassing or intimidating other employees, volunteers or clients on any of the grounds cited in the policy statement.
We will ensure that we fully comply with our legal obligations to protect private and confidential information. In particular:
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If you believe we have failed in any of these duties or have failed to act legally or ethically in any other respect please do contact us and we will treat your complaint seriously.
This policy was last updated on: 31 January 2021