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The Pavement Equal Opportunities Policy

September 01 2020

The Pavement Equal Opportunities Policy

Who is covered by this policy?

the Pavement team is constituted of trustees, independent contractors and volunteers. All team members and associates are covered by this policy.

What is covered by this policy?

This policy sets out the Pavement’s commitment to equal opportunities in all areas of our activities. It includes specific actions relating to team members’ engagement and provision of services and accessibility.

Purpose

the Pavement believes team members and service users have the right to be treated equally and with respect, and have the responsibility to treat others equally and with respect.

The Policy

the Pavement’s team members are committed to the promotion of equal opportunity in its practice and services.

the Pavement
supports UK legislation and policy-making designed to tackle discrimination, based on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. the Pavement is opposed to behaviour, attitudes and actions which discriminate directly, indirectly, harassment or victimisation against individuals or communities.

the Pavement reserves the right to discontinue contractual and supplier agreements with organisations or individuals found to be in breach of our Equal Opportunities Policy.

the Pavement team members have individual responsibility to observe the Equal Opportunities Policy, Equal Opportunities Act 2010 and any other relevant legislation

the Pavement aims to support equal opportunities by taking action in the following areas:

Engagement of Contractors & Volunteers

  • Attaining a diverse team which is representative of the beneficiaries the Pavement serves.
  • Increasing team members understanding of equal opportunities.
  • Ensuring team members are encouraged and responded to at all levels of planning and delivery of services.
  • Ensuring transparency of policy and procedures and access to information.
  • Ensuring team members can give their best, where discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation will not be tolerated, and where decisions are based on merit (apart from limited exceptions allowed under the Equality Act).

Recruitment and selection 

  • Ensuring role descriptions and person specifications exist for all roles.
  • Reviewing engagement practices and procedures when necessary to ensure fairness, and to take account of changes in the law.
  • Advertising team member opportunities through a range of appropriate media.
  • Under normal circumstances paying particular attention in drawing up job descriptions, person specifications and advertisements to encourage members of disadvantaged groups to apply.
    the Pavement recognises that some roles may be suitable for sharing.

Service provision 

  • Ensuring accessibility of premises.
  • Ensuring transparency of policy and procedures and access to information.
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