Equality, Diversity & Human Rights

Our commitment to equality and diversity

The Trust commits to:

  • Promote equality, fairness and respect for all in our employment, whether temporary, part-time or full-time, as well as for volunteers and potential job applicants. 
  • Oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes in pay and benefits, terms and conditions of employment, dealing with grievances and discipline, dismissal, redundancy, leave for parents, requests for flexible working, and selection for employment, promotion, training or other development opportunities.
  • Create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all colleagues are recognised and valued.
  • Make opportunities for training, development and progress available to all colleagues, who will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential, so their talents and resources can be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the Trust's decisions concerning colleagues being based on merit (apart from in any necessary and limited exemptions and exceptions allowed under the Equality Act).

What is Equality, Diversity and Human Rights?

Equality equates to fairness: where people are always being subject to appropriate, justifiable and non-discriminatory lived experiences.

This especially applies to: users of a service, members of a workforce, members a community, members of a population, and citizens of a country or individual members of humanity.

It is a standard where people routinely subject each other to:

  • Fair opportunities: non-discriminatory life chances
  • Fair treatment: non-discriminatory behaviour, environments, practices and decisions, and
  • Fair outcomes: the results of responses to known or expressed needs, merits, demands, wants, wishes, choices etc. are non- discriminatory and do not lead to disadvantage or inequality.

Diversity equates to personalisation: where people are valued and supported consistent with their individual distinctiveness and uniqueness so their needs can be met and their contributions effectively harnessed.

This again applies to: users of a service, members of a workforce, members a community, members of a population, and citizens of a country or individual members of humanity. 

It is a standard where people treat each other in ways that ensures mutual:

  • Recognition of each other’s diversity where actions are based on finding out and understanding diversity
  • Respect of each other’s diversity where actions are non- judgemental and value each other’s diversity, and
  • Responses to each other’s diversity ensure actions are appropriate and relevant to an individual’s uniqueness and distinctiveness.

Human rights equates to standards: were people are treated humanely, and where everyone, at all times and places, routinely receive the basic entitlements that they are due simply because they are human.

It is a standard where people routinely enjoy:

  • Freedoms to pursue certain things e.g. whatever one wishes to believe.
  • Freedoms from certain things e.g. not to be tortured.
  • Freedoms from arbitrary interference from state or public authorities e.g. have ones liberty / freedom of movement restricted without good reason and due process.

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