Equal Opportunities Policy

Policy

Cambridge SCA is committed to the practice of equal opportunities and endeavours to discourage oppression wherever it is found. SCA is committed to opportunities for all volunteers regardless of age, gender, physical disability, ethnic origin, religion, marital status, economic status, sexual orientation or unrelated criminal conviction, making exception only where it can be objectively justifiable[*].

[*]"Objectively justifiable" is not to be interpreted by a single member of the organisation. Any matters of this nature are to be referred to the Employment Group. The Employment Group may refer the issue to the full Executive Committee. This in no way affects the rights of those concerned to representation through a grievance procedure.

Principles

Cambridge SCA puts this into practice by:

Promoting the practice of equal opportunities in every aspect of SCA's work.
Supporting volunteers that are discriminated against by clients or other members of the organisation.
Recognising that everyone is of value by having a policy of non-rejection in he recruitment of student volunteers.
Taking positive steps to provide more opportunities for groups that are currently under-represented in any activities.
In the area of staff recruitment and conditions of employment to ensure that there are no unjustifiable requirements made on job descriptions. Advertisements will specify that SCA is an equal opportunities employer and recruitment procedures will be carried out so as to avoid any discrimination.
Complying with all relevant legislation.

Quality Assurance

The Intake of volunteers is monitored to assess the effectiveness of this policy and identify areas for improvement. This data is to be presented to the Executive Committee prior to the AGM on a yearly basis and to be made available in the Annual Report. All new committee members and staff are to be trained in equal opportunities practices. It is the role of the Vice President to ensure that the entire management group takes responsibility for the implementation of this policy. All volunteers have the right to be represented at Steering Group meetings (on any matter). Any issues brought to the attention of the Steering Group will be treated confidentially. Input from SCA volunteers in this area is positively encouraged.