Equality & Diversity Policy

Abbey Village Ltd is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our staff members. Our aim is that all of our staff members will be truly representative, of all sections of society and that each employee feels respected and able to give of their best. Abbey Village Ltd utilizes the legislation and principles covered by the Equality Act 2010, to support our aim in providing an inclusive environment to both services users and our staff members. To that end the purpose of this policy is to provide equality and fairness for all in our employment, and to whom we provide a service. This means Abbey Village Ltd do not discriminate because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation, or any other individual characteristic. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination, as defined by the Equality Act 2010. All employees, whether part-time, full-time or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect. Selection for employment, promotion, training or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability. All employees will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential and the talents and resources of our staff members will be fully utilized to maximize the efficiency of our organisation. Our commitment: • To create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all our staff are recognised and valued. • Every employee is entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity and respect to all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated. • Training, development and progression opportunities are available to all staff. • Equality in the workplace is good management practice and makes sound business sense. • We will review all our employment practices and procedures to ensure fairness. • Breaches of our equality policy will be regarded as misconduct and could lead to disciplinary proceedings. • This policy is fully supported by senior management and has been agreed with employee representatives. • The policy will be monitored and reviewed annually. Abbey Village Ltd complaints procedure will be enacted if an allegation is made that an individual’s rights, under the Equality Act 2010, or this policy are not being met. Please refer to Policy No: 212 Concerns and Complaints Policy for full details