We aim to ensure that no job applicant, employee, volunteer, contractor, student, patient or service user receives less favourable treatment on any grounds which cannot be shown to be justified.
This covers race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, marital status, responsibility for children or other dependants, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, trade union membership or political activities, social class, or where the person lives.
Equality and diversity at Young Epilepsy explained
In meeting this aim, a number of more detailed aims have been identified covering general aims, services and employment, which include:
- Incorporate consideration of equality, diversity and human rights principles from the onset in all its policies, plans, strategies and services.
- Undertake equality impact assessments to measure the impact of policies and services and to determine the needs of its employees, patients, service users and the public.
- Identify equality and diversity outcomes it requires for employees, patients, service users and the public as necessary.
- Reflect the diversity of the geographical areas it serves in publications, events and other marketing and communications activities Follow the social model of disability.
- Apply the principles of this policy to suppliers of goods and services to the Trust.
Aims for service provision are to:
- Provide appropriate, accessible and effective services and facilities to all sections of its communities without discrimination or prejudice.
- Provide clear information about its services in appropriate formats or languages which meet people’s needs.
- Monitor its services to ensure that all sections of the community are receiving fair access and outcomes and take action to address any inequalities that are apparent Consult with and involve all sections of the community when making decisions about services.
- Respond promptly and fairly to any complaints received about its services including those relating to discrimination.
Aims in relation to employment are to:
- Ensure that its employment policies and procedures do not discriminate directly or indirectly against any group or individual on unjustifiable grounds.
- Work to achieve a workforce that represents the community it serves.
- Monitor the recruitment and selection processes, training and development opportunities, disciplinary, grievance, bullying and harassment and capability procedures by ethnic group, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation and religious belief and take action to address any inequalities that are apparent.
- Promote a culture of fairness and respect in its employment policies, procedures and practices.
- Provide appropriate training for employees at every level on equality, diversity and human rights issues.
- Protect employees from bullying, harassment and violence and investigate all claims of bullying and harassment that are made.
- Respond to the particular needs of employees including those relating to ethnic group, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation or religious belief.