Equality, diversity and inclusion policy
Presteigne Bowling and Social Club is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our members, and eliminating unlawful discrimination.
The aim is for our club to be truly representative of all sections of society and for each member to feel respected and able to give their best.
The Club is also committed against unlawful discrimination of members and the public.
The policy’s purpose is to:
- provide equality, fairness and respect for all in our Club.
- not unlawfully discriminate because of the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation
- oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. Dealing with grievances and discipline.
The Club commits to:
- Encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in our Club as they are good practice and make sense.
- Create an environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all members are recognised and valued.
All members should understand they can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, in the course of their membership, against fellow members, and the public.
- Take seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by fellow members, visitors, the public and any others in the course of the Club’s activities.
Such acts will be dealt with as misconduct under the Club’s disciplinary procedures, and appropriate action will be taken. Particularly serious complaints could amount to gross misconduct and lead to expulsion without notice.
Further, sexual harassment may amount to a criminal matter, such as in sexual assault allegations. In addition, harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 – which is not limited to circumstances where harassment relates to a protected characteristic – is a criminal offence.
- Decisions concerning members are based on merit (apart from in any necessary and limited exemptions and exceptions allowed under the Equality Act).
- Review practices and procedures when necessary to ensure fairness, and also update them and the policy to take account of changes in the law.
- Monitoring will include assessing how the equality, diversity and inclusion policy, and any supporting action plan, are working in practice, reviewing them annually, and considering and taking action to address any issues.
The equality, diversity and inclusion policy is fully supported by the Club’s elected Officers.
Any complaint, grievance or occurrence should be referred to the Club’s Safeguarding Officer, Trevor Gummer