Equality and Inclusion are woven throughout all that we do at St Anne’s and are a core part of how we work together for our staff and the people we support every day.
St Anne’s Community Services is not affiliated or partnered to any religious group or organisation and is not a faith-based organisation.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all staff, volunteers and clients are treated fairly. In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 St Anne’s will not discriminate against staff or clients on the grounds of the nine protected characteristics. These are; Age, Disability (including long-term health conditions and mental ill-health), Gender Reassignment (people who are trans), Marital Status (including civil partnerships and same sex marriage), Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex or Sexual Orientation.
In addition, St Anne’s will not discriminate on the grounds of the following;
• Being a Romany Gypsy, Scottish, Irish or Roma Traveller
• Being a Carer
• Intersex and non binary gender identities
• Health conditions
• Previous substance misuse
• Experience of working in the sex industry
• Trade Union activity
St Anne’s commitment to equality and inclusion is guided by the following objectives;
• To create and sustain inclusive environments in which the diversity of our staff and the people we support is recognised and valued
• To establish and maintain a zero-tolerance approach to intimidation, bullying and harassment of any kind, with clear reporting pathways and procedures to deal with such incidents
• To adopt Equality Impact Assessments so that our practices and procedures are tested for fairness and adverse consequence for oppressed groups
• To provide training, development and progression opportunities that encourage our staff to participate in and contribute to our success
• To raise awareness of diversity across the organisation and promote inclusive practice whilst eliminating processes, attitudes and behaviours that amount to discrimination which arise from prejudice, misconceptions and stereotyping.