Equality is about removing barriers and making sure people from all sections of the community have fair and equal opportunities to access services. Diversity is about respecting and valuing people’s differences and treating them in an appropriate way. Inclusion is about making sure that people feel comfortable to be themselves, and feel that they belong.
Equality, Diversity& Inclusion.
There are nine protected characteristics:
- Gender reassignment (we also include gender identity and gender expression)
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion and belief
- Sexual orientation.
Why it is important
By law, we must make sure that we do not discriminate against anyone for any reason. It is also morally wrong to discriminate against someone.
As a successful organisation, we encourage diversity because if we have a wider range of people working for us, we are more likely to have someone who understands your specific needs and can provide the particular service you want.
Everyone is responsible
All our staff have a responsibility to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is put into practice. We expect a commitment from everyone to ensure that their action does not lead to unlawful discrimination.