Equal Opportunities & Safeguarding

Equal Opportunities Policy

The Abbey Centre and the Abbey Centre Baptist Church are committed to ensuring that all individuals and groups are treated fairly and valued equally. Our organisations’ policies will be governed by this commitment in their dealings with our own work force, with volunteers, clients and with all whom we have contact or dealings.

This equality policy and these principles will apply to all, and the staff and trustees of the Abbey Centre will do their best to provide an example of good practice to the community at large.

The Abbey Centre and the Abbey Centre Baptist Church will oppose discrimination against any individual or group specifically on the grounds of race, ethnic or national origin, religion or creed, disability or impairment, gender, sexual orientation or marital status, employment status, social class, HIV status, age, dependent-care responsibilities or needs, appearance or size, unrelated criminal conviction or on any other unjustified grounds.

No-one, whether customer or employee of The Abbey Centre or the Abbey Centre Baptist Church, will receive less favourable treatment or will be disadvantaged by unjustifiable requirements or conditions. Our aim is to eliminate unfair discrimination.

The Legal Background for this documents is derived from the following Acts:

1. Equal Pay Act 1970

2. Sex Discrimination Act 1975

3. Race Relations Act 1976

4. Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1974/6

5. Disability Discrimination Act 1995

Safeguarding Policy

We take the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. It is the responsibility of all to maintain a safe space for all children and vulnerable adults. We do not tolerate any inappropriate behaviour that puts children, young people or vulnerable adults at risk. Any untoward behaviour in this respect will be reported directly to our Safeguarding Officer.