Equality and Diversity Policy
This policy applies to all Trustees, staff, management committee members, mentors and mentees.
STAR will treat all people with dignity and respect. It will promote equality of opportunity and diversity.
STAR will tackle social exclusion, inequality, discrimination and disadvantage. For this policy to be successful, it is essential that everyone is committed to and involved in its delivery.
STAR consider diversity to mean celebrating difference and valuing everyone. Each person is an individual with visible and non-visible differences and by respecting this everyone can feel valued for their contributions which is beneficial not only for the individual but for STAR too.
We acknowledge that equality and diversity are not inter-changeable but inter-dependent. There can be no equality of opportunity if difference is not valued and harnessed. STAR aims to safeguard those who may face inequality or harassment due to one or more of the nine ‘protected characteristics’. These are protected from discrimination under equality legislation – the Equality Act (2010).
The 9 Protected Characteristics are:
- Sexual orientation
- Religion or belief
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage or civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
STAR aims to:
- Provide a mentoring service to children and young people that is accessible according to need
- Promote equality of opportunity and diversity in volunteering, employment and development of the charity
STAR objective is to realise its equality and diversity aims by:
- Sustaining, regularly evaluating and continually improving its services to ensure equality and diversity principles and best practice are embedded in our performance to meet the needs of individuals and groups
- Working together with the community to provide accessible and relevant service provision that responds to children and young people’s needs
- Ensuring employment and recruitment procedures are fair and robust
- Recognising and valuing the differences and individual contribution that all people make to STAR
- Challenging discrimination
- Ensuring as far as possible that all donors are compliant with the Equality Act 2010
Responsibility for Implementation
This policy covers the behaviour of all people employed or volunteering in STAR or using the service and sets out the way they can expect to be treated in turn by STAR. The overall responsibility for ensuring adherence to and implementation of this policy lies with the Trustees, staff and the management committee.
Method of Implementation
STAR intends to implement this policy by:
- Ensuring that it is a condition of paid employment in STAR.
- Ensuring that the employment practices of STAR continue to observe and reflect this policy
- Ensuring that Trustees, Management committee, volunteers are made aware, understand, agree with, and implement this policy.
- Actively encouraging trustees, staff, management committee and volunteers to participate in anti-discriminatory training, and making time and resources available for such training
- Monitoring the services, publicity and events provided by STAR, to ensure that they are accessible, do not discriminate, and taking active steps to ensure that participation is representative
- Ensuring the equality and diversity is on the agenda of management and trustee meetings.
- Ensuring that data collection systems are in place and actively monitoring the diversity of STAR
Monitoring and Review
STAR has declared its commitment to establishing, developing, implementing and reviewing a policy of equality of opportunity. Effective record keeping and monitoring, and acting on information gathered, are essential in order to measure effectiveness and plan progress. The trustees and the management committee will review the policy annually.