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Equal opportunities and diversity

 

St Christopher's values and respects the diversity of its staff, the users of its services and those with whom it does business.

It is recognised that certain groups and individuals in society can be discriminated against and that discrimination can be direct or indirect and can take place at the personal as well as the institutional level. St Christopher's strongly believes that such discrimination is wrong and is committed to ensuring that its policies and practices provide for equal treatment.

St Christopher's will not discriminate either in employment, service delivery or in choosing partners, contractors and consultants on the basis of: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We are also committed to encouraging diversity by acknowledging and respecting the differences within and between groups of people. This is about creating a working culture and practices that recognise, respect, value and harness differences for the benefit of the organisation, its service users and the individual.

Our commitment to equality and diversity is explicit in our values and objectives and we are committed to identifying and removing any barriers in our employment practices and service provision which result in unfair disadvantage to any individual or group. We monitor our services and employment practices on a regular basis to assess the impact our policies and procedures may have on equality and ensure that they are fair and non-discriminatory.

Adherence to St Christopher's Equality and Diversity policy is a condition of service for staff, volunteers, contractors, consultants and trustees.

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