Purpose Of This Policy
The International Instituere of Joy values diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.
This Policy will set out how the International Instituere of Joy will work towards the promotion of equality of opportunity in all of its service delivery. It sets out how the Organisation will ensure that discrimination is challenged and eliminated through legislation and positive action.
We believe that discrimination or exclusion based on individual characteristics and circumstances, such as age; disability; caring or dependency responsibilities; gender or gender identity; marriage and civil partnership status; political opinion; pregnancy and maternity; race, colour, caste, nationality, ethnic or national origin; religion or belief; sexual orientation; socio-economic background; trade union membership status or other distinctions, represents a waste of talent and a denial of opportunity for self-fulfillment.
We respect the rights of individuals, including the right to hold different views and beliefs. We will not allow these differences to be manifested in a way that is hostile or degrading to others.
We expect commitment and involvement from all our students, staff, clients, partners and providers of goods and services in working towards the achievement of our vision.
We will follow best practice in all of the equality areas and work towards:
- Eliminating unlawful discrimination
- Eliminating harassment
- Promoting equality of opportunity
- Promoting good relations between staff, different groups and service users
- Recognising and taking into account people’s differences
Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation involves:
- Ensuring there is no less favourable treatment for all individuals
- Ensuring no factors give rise to discrimination
To promote and advance equality of opportunity promoting and advancing equality of opportunity involves:
To promote and foster good relations between people, promoting and fostering good relations involves:
- Tackling prejudice
- Promoting understanding between people
Equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination is a fundamental right and the International Instituere of Joy has a legal and moral duty to exercise leadership in the promotion of equality of opportunity and diversity. We will therefore promote equality and challenge all forms of discrimination through our role as a service provider.
We firmly believe that our work will assist in promoting a culture that celebrates and welcomes diversity.
The International Instituere of Joy has a legal duty to ensure compliance through the following legislation and regulations:
The introduction of the Equality Act 2010 has transformed equality law in Great Britain. The first phase became law in October 2010 and it harmonises, updates and amends previous anti-discrimination legislation, providing greater protection from discrimination and harassment for all individuals across a wide range of protected characteristics. The duty requires us to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations, in the exercise of all our functions.
The Act places a duty on the International Instituere of Joy to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status or sexual orientation; between men and women generally; between persons with a disability and persons without; and between persons with dependents and persons without. These are commonly referred to as the nine equality categories. We are also required by the same Act to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons from different religious beliefs, political opinions or racial groups.
The nine protected characteristics are:
- Gender Reassignment
- Religion & Belief
- Sexual Orientation
- Marriage & Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy, Maternity & Paternity
Discrimination, harassment or victimisation based on any of the individual characteristics or circumstances covered by this equality policy will not be tolerated. All students, staff and clients have a right to raise a concern in relation to decisions that they believe have been made based on their individual characteristics and which result in negative consequences or differential treatment. We will give added weight to the seriousness of such cases. Malicious allegations made under bullying and harassment will be treated as serious offences.
We will not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment. Examples include unwanted physical contact, personal insults or name-calling, sexual innuendo, coercion, constant unfounded criticism, unwanted intrusion, persistent patronising or exclusion, and derogatory comments.
Monitoring, Reviewing and Reporting
The International Instituere of Joy is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the planning and provision of our services meet the needs of all our students, service users and clients.
This Equality & Diversity Policy will be published on our Website. We will also provide paper copies and other alternate formats upon request.
Our Commitment to Equality & Diversity in eLearning.
The International Instituere of Joy is committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and upholding the promotion of equality of opportunity for eLearners and prospective eLearners, in its functions of:
- Selection, recruitment and assessment
- Student and Client links and partnerships
- Induction and management of eLearning
- Programme delivery
- Assessment, review and evaluation
- Achievement and progression
- Monitoring and verification
- Personal and professional development
- Learning and quality assurance
The aim of the policy is to ensure that all eLearners and prospective eLearners are all treated equally, fairly and with the highest standards of customer care.
This Equal Opportunities Policy and our commitment to elearners operate within the legal framework of the Equality Act 2010.
- All students, clients and staff are to respect the policies and practices and to behave in an appropriate way that reflects and appreciates the diversity of the Organisation.
- Breaches of this policy by students, clients, staff or eLearners will be fairly investigated and where appropriate, action will be taken
- All equal opportunities procedures will be fair, consistent and monitored