EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY

In all things let common sense prevail

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY GENERAL STATEMENT

It is Christ’s commandment that we should love our neighbours as ourselves, we declare our conviction that unfair discrimination between people is an affront to the purposes of God and is indefensible. Christian teaching holds that all human beings are created in the image of God, that all are valued equally by God and share equally in God’s love.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is committed to equal opportunity as a basic Christian tenet as well as being a principle of volunteering and good employment practice. All people are welcome to the parish church and its organisations.

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE

The PCC is committed to a proactive approach to equal opportunities, welcoming diversity in society as a whole as well as within the parish. It recognises and accepts its obligations under current discrimination legislation, as well as Ecclesiastical law.

The PCC will promote proactively an environment that treats all people with dignity and respect and provides equal opportunity to people of  any gender, age, religious belief, racial/ethnic origin, nationality or national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, socio-economic background or status, or with a health-related condition (including HIV status).

The PCC recognises that there is a need for all to understand what discrimination is, admit that it exists, and be able to recognise it in all its forms to the least manifestation of an expressed prejudiced viewpoint. It accepts that it is possible for individuals, policies and structures in its own organisation, as well as other organisations with which it comes into contact, to be unintentionally discriminatory or offensive and is determined that such attitudes, structures and held positions must be challenged. As a corollary of this, the PCC would expect its employees and volunteers to be sensitive to its own Christian ethos.

The PCC aims to nurture an environment of equality of opportunity in employment, volunteering, and the work environment in which volunteers and employees or potential employees are treated with respect and dignity, in an atmosphere that is free from harassment and prejudice, be it discriminatory in intent, origin, or an unintentional manifestation, whether engaged in by employees, volunteers or by outside third parties who come into contact with the PCC or its sphere of operation.

The PCC is committed to a continuing programme of action to make this policy fully effective.

This Equal Opportunities Policy will be reviewed by the PCC from time to time as deemed appropriate, and in the event of developments in legislation.

The policy will be monitored and reviewed annually.


PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST SAXMUNDHAM
Charity Registration Number 1171576.

Approved by the PCC on: – Monday, 19th February, 2018
Date of review: – February 2019

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