Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality Policy
Statement of intent
We will ensure that Little People UK (LPUK) is fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all its members and their families. We recognise that LPUK members and their families come from diverse backgrounds. All families have needs and values that arise from their social and economic, ethnic and cultural or religious backgrounds. LP/AH grow up in diverse family structures that include two-parent and one-parent families; some children have two parents of the same sex. Some LP/AH have close links with extended families of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins; while others may be more removed from close kin or may live with other relatives or foster carers. Some LP/AH have needs that arise from disability or impairment, or may have family members that are affected by disability or impairment.
Some LP/AH come from families who experience social exclusion or severe hardship; some have to face discrimination and prejudice because of their ethnicity, the languages they speak, their religious belief or background, their gender, their sexuality or their impairment.
We understand that these factors affect the well being of LP/AH and can impact on their lives.
We at LPUK are committed to anti-discriminatory practice, to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all LP/AH and their families. We aim to:
a. Provide a secure environment in which all our members can flourish and in which all contributions are valued.
b. Include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity.
c. Provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles, diverse family structures, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and disabled people.
d. Improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity.
e. Challenge and eliminate discriminatory actions.
f. Make inclusion a thread that runs through all of the activities of LPUK.
g. Foster good relations between all communities.
LPUK is open to all members of the community;
- We advertise LPUK widely.
- We reflect the diversity of members of our society in our publicity and promotional materials.
- We provide information in clear, concise language, whether in spoken or written form.
- We provide information in as many languages as possible, when it is required.
- We endeavour to include all LPUK members and their families, communicating in different ways, whether it be by email, newsletter, consultation etc.
- We ensure that all LPUK members are made aware of our Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality Policy.
- We do not discriminate against any LPUK member or their family, or prevent entry to LPUK, on the basis of a protected characteristic as defined by the Equalities Act (2010). These are:
- Gender reassignment
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy and maternity, and
- Marriage and civil partnership.
- We do not discriminate against any person with a disability or refuse membership because of any disability.
- We take action against any discriminatory behaviour by LPUK Committee or members whether by:
a. Direct discrimination – someone is treated less favourably because of a protected characteristic, e.g. preventing families of some racial groups from attending meetings/conventions.
b. Indirect discrimination – someone is affected unfavourably by a general policy, e.g. they must only speak English.
c. Association – discriminating against someone who is associated with a person with a protected characteristic, e.g. behaving unfavourably to someone who is married to a person from a different cultural background.
d. Perception – discrimination on the basis that it is thought someone has a protected characteristic, e.g. making assumptions about someone's sexual orientation because of their mannerism or how they speak.
- Displaying of openly discriminatory and possibly offensive materials, name calling, or threatening behaviour are unacceptable and will be dealt with in the strongest manner.
2. Employment (Committee)
- Posts are advertised and all applicants are judged against explicit and fair criteria.
- Applicants are welcome from all backgrounds and posts are open to all.
- The applicant who best meets the criteria is offered the post, subject to checks by the Criminal Records Bureau. This ensures fairness in the selection process.
- All job descriptions include a commitment to promoting equality, so recognising and respecting diversity as part of their specifications.
- We monitor our application process to ensure that it is fair and accessible.
- We review our practices to ensure that we are fully implementing our policy for Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality.
- We do this by:
a. Making every LPUK member and their families feel valued and good about themselves and others.
b. Creating an environment of mutual respect and tolerance.
c. Helping people to understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are hurtful and unacceptable.
d. Teaching people to respect each other within the group and allowing them to ask questions and listening to the response.
4. Valuing diversity in families
- We welcome the diversity of family lifestyles and work with all families.
- For families where English is an additional language, we will develop means to ensure their full inclusion.
- Meetings are arranged to ensure that all families who wish to, may be involved in the running of LPUK.
- Information about meetings is communicated in a variety of ways – written, verbal and in translation - to ensure that all LPUK membershave information about, and access to, the meetings.
6. Monitoring and Reviewing
- To ensure our policies and procedures remain effective, we monitor and review them annually to ensure our strategies meets the overall aims; to promote equality, inclusion and to value diversity.
- We provide a complaints procedure and a complaints summary record for LPUK members to see.