Equal Opportunities Policy Statement

First Stage Solutions (FSS) aims to be an inclusive organisation where everyone is treated with respect and dignity, and where there is equal opportunity for all. FSS respects and values the diversity of its staff and clients.

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This means that all FSS staff and clients should understand and respect that there is a diverse work force and user community and that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and equality. This includes the legal and ethical requirement for FSS to provide services that are appropriate to the needs of a diverse society.

Valuing diversity means that we recognise that we all have complex identities made up of many strands. These can include, but are not limited to, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and metal aptitudes, nationality, socio-economic status, and religious, or other beliefs. This means we embrace and celebrate our differences in a positive environment, and are committed to engage with the needs of our diverse staff and clients to enable us, both individually and corporately, to achieve our aims.

FSS will actively tackle barriers to participation and create a culture in which equal opportunities and equal treatment are a priority for all staff and clients. In all our day-to-day work with both colleagues and clients, we seek to create an environment where attitudes and biases that hinder the progress of individuals and groups are dismantled and where we work together in mutual respect and tolerance.

Management Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of FSS Directors to:

– ensure that the standards established within this policy are adhered to

– familiarise themselves with the procedures in all Equal Opportunities documentation

– ensure that they are not instructing employees to act in a discriminatory manner

– ensure they are not putting pressure on employees to discriminate and bring the details of the policy and procedure documents to the attention of all staff

– ensure that information on equal opportunities is incorporated in all induction processes for new staff and is supported by ongoing training

Staff Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of FSS staff to:

– co-operate with any measures introduced to ensure equality of opportunity

– report any discriminatory acts or practices

– not induce or attempt to induce others to practice unlawful discrimination

– not victimise anyone as a result of them having reported or provided evidence of discrimination

– not harass, abuse, bully or intimidate others

Legal Responsibilities

Over and above the provisions set out in its own policy and procedures, FSS are also bound by certain legal responsibilities in the field of equal opportunities, including;

  • The Race Relations Act 1976 (as amended)
  • The Equal Pay Act 1970, Equal Pay (Amendment) Regulation 1983
  • The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and 1986 (as amended)
  • The Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • The Equality Act 2012
  • The European Law