Equality and Diversity

Purpose:

This policy deals with the promotion of equality of opportunity for all involved in Inspire Young People in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Scope:

This policy applies to all members and potential members of the charity community, including staff, students, Trustees, business partners.

Statement of Policy:

Inspire Young People is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and places great value on the diversity of its community. The provision of equality of opportunity and respect for the needs and rights of the individual are fundamental to the stated mission and values of the charity and programme of activity.

Inspire Young People fulfils its general and specific duties in relation to equality of opportunity and actively demonstrates due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities, in all strands as identified in the Equality Act 2010, these being:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality
  • Religion or belief – this includes lack of belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital status/civil partnerships

Inspire Young People will treat all employees, students and other members of the partnership community with respect and dignity, and seek to provide a safe and positive working and learning environment, free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation.

Inspire Young People recognises that passive support for equality and diversity is not enough. Inequalities created by direct or indirect discrimination, less favourable treatment, stereotyping and other inequalities affect everyone and challenging them must be the responsibility of all.

Inspire Young people works in partnership with colleges of further education and schools. Inspire Young People respects the diverse cultural and religious traditions of all its students and staff and accepts the rights of individuals and groups peaceably to worship and to fulfil their cultural obligations.

Accordingly, Inspire Young People will neither promote, nor permit to be promoted, any one religious faith or culture.

Inspire Young People demonstrates its commitment to equality and diversity by the way we operate inclusive teams in the challenges we organise.

Inspire Young People will provide a portfolio of programmes that enables us to meet a wide range of students’ needs, goals and aspirations.

Inspire Young People will ensure our procedures for recruiting and selecting staff or volunteers will be sensitive to, and promote equality and diversity.

Inspire Young People will ensure that information about its programmes of events is made available to the widest possible audience. Publicity materials will be available in a range of formats and will avoid prejudice and stereotyping.

Inspire Young People will ensure the ethos and environment of the partnership enables all students, staff and volunteers to feel welcome, supported and valued, with access for all to our events and competition.

Inspire Young People will encourage students, staff and volunteers to recognise, understand and value diversity.

Inspire Young People will actively celebrate the diversity of our community.

Inspire Young People materials and resources provided by our partner organisations will be monitored to ensure they do not promote any form of discrimination.

Inspire Young People will work through our partner organisations to develop links and partnerships with external community organisations to support the development of equality and diversity in our locality. 

Responsibilities

Trustees of Inspire Young People have responsibility for:-

  • Promoting equality and diversity through the coordination of activities and events
  • Ensuring that effective policies and procedures are effectively monitored by our partners
  • Ensure that equality and diversity is embedded throughout the programme of activity

Partners are responsible for:-

  • Overall responsibility for equality and diversity in their own organisations and that the policy and practice is included in all Inspire Young People activity and programme of events.
  • Declaring to Inspire Young People Co-ordinators that they have an equality and diversity policy and adhere to it fully
  • Bring to the attention of Inspire Young People any issues or experiences of discrimination in a confidential way to the Chair of Inspire Young People