Equal Opportunities 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, disability, ethnic origin, religion, marital status, economic status, sexual orientation, transgender status, or unrelated criminal conviction, making exception only where it can be objectively justified*.
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 SCA will seek external support if required.
- Recognising that everyone is of value by having a policy of non-rejection in the 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 ensuring 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 without discrimination.
- Complying with all relevant legislation.
- Anticipating and making reasonable adjustments for disabled people as required by the Equality Act 2010. This includes making our social media, website and documents accessible by default, and proactively offering to make further adjustments in individual cases.
- All new committee members and staff are encouraged to have awareness of equal opportunities practices.
- Input from SCA volunteers in this area is positively encouraged. Representations may be made to either the steering group or employment group by emailing Trusteecontact@cambridgesca.org.uk. All issues raised will be treated confidentially.
*“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.
Approved 14th June 2022