PRINCE ARTHUR ROAD INDOOR BOWLING CLUB

Equality & Diversity Policy  

1.  This policy is fully supported by the Prince Arthur Road Indoor Bowls Club directors which is responsible for the implementation and reviewing of this policy
 

2.  The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is treated fairly, with dignity and respect and that members, non-members, coaching staff and visiting teams are not denied access to Prince Arthur Road Indoor Bowls Club because of a discriminatory reason.
 

3.  Prince Arthur Road Indoor Bowls Club directors will therefore commit to the following:

a) be responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level, as indoor bowls should be enjoyed by everyone who wants to play the game.

b) not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of age, being or becoming a transsexual person, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave, disability, race (including colour nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion, belief or lack of religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

c) be committed to eliminate discrimination by reason of age, being or becoming a transsexual person, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave, disability, race (including colour nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion, belief or lack of religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. and to encourage equal opportunities

d) ensure that it treats its members, non-members, coaching staff and visiting teams fairly and with respect and will ensure that all members of the community have access to and have opportunities to take part in, and enjoy, its programmes of activities, competitions and events

e) not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual (which the club regards as forms of discrimination), including sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal and work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs

f) be committed to the immediate investigation of any complaints of discrimination on the above grounds (as per paragraph c) , once they are brought to its attention. Complaints will be dealt with in accordance with its complaints policy and, where such a complaint is upheld, the Prince Arthur Road Indoor Bowls Club directors may impose such sanction as it considers appropriate and proportionate to discriminatory behaviour

g) be committed to taking positive action where inequalities exist and the development of a programme of ongoing training and awareness in order to promote the eradication of discrimination and to promote equalityand diversity in indoor bowls

h) be committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members, coaching staff and visitors and requires all members, coaching staff and visitors to abide by and adhere to these policies and the requirements of the relevant legislation (including the Equality Act 2010) as well as any amendments to existing legislation and any new legislation

In the event that any employee, member, visitor or visiting team feels that he, she or it has suffered discrimination or harassment in any way or that the policies, rules or code of conduct have been broken they should follow the procedures below

Complaints

1) The complainant should report the matter in writing to the secretary or another member of the directorship.

The report should include:

• details of what occurred;

details of when and where the occurrence took place;

any witness details and copies of any witness statements;

names of any others who have been treated in a similar way (provided that those people consent to their names being disclosed);

details of any former complaints made about the incident, including the date and to whom such complaint was made; and

an indication as to the desired outcome.

2) If the person accused of discriminatory behaviour is an employee, the directors will regard the incident as a disciplinary issue and will follow any disciplinary procedure set out for employees or (if none exists) the statutory disciplinary procedure.

3) If the person accused of discriminatory behaviour is a non-employee, the directors or representatives of the directors:

3.1 will request that both parties to the complaint submit written evidence regarding the incident(s);

3.2 may decide (at its sole discretion) to uphold or dismiss the complaint without holding a hearing;

3.3 may (at its sole discretion) hold a hearing (whether or not such a hearing is requested by either party) at which both parties will be entitled to attend and present their case;

3.4 will have the power to impose any one or more of the following sanctions on any person found to be in breach of any policy, (including the Equality Policy):

warn as to future conduct;

suspend from membership;

remove from membership;

exclude a non-member from the facility, either temporarily or permanently; and

turn down a non-member’s current and/or future membership applications.

As laid down in Prince Arthur Road Indoor bowls Club Rules of Association which are available to view via the main office.

3.5 will provide both parties with written reasons for its decision to uphold or dismiss the complaint within one (1) calendar month of such decision being made.

3.5 Either party may appeal a decision of the directors by following Prince Arthur Road Indoor Bowls Club Rules of Association or the E.I.B.A procedure.

4) Terminologies and descriptors

Dignity is about respectful, responsible, fair and humane behaviour, something that is reflected in the constitution.

Disadvantage is where, as a result of discrimination, an individual or group is deprived of some or all resources and opportunities. This may affect people directly or indirectly.

Discrimination

Types of discrimination

There are three categories of discrimination: direct, indirect and positive:

Direct discrimination Is where a club member or non member is less favourably treated because of their race, sex, marital status (including civil partnerships), religion, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, disability, pregnancy or maternity

Indirect discrimination is when there's a practice, policy or rule which applies to everyone in the same way, but it has a worse effect on some people than others. The Equality Act says it puts you at a particular disadvantage

Positive discrimination is in favour of those who were formerly discriminated against, especially in the provision of social and educational facilities and employment opportunities.

Victimisation:

Subjecting someone to a detriment because he or she has in good faith taken action under the Equality act 2010 ( or equivalent legislation) by bring proceedings, given evidence or information in relation to proceedings, making an allegation that a person has contravened the Equality Act 2010 2010 ( or equivalent legislation) or doing any other thing for purpose of or in connection with the Equality Act 2010 ( or equivalent legislation)

Harassment

Engaging in unwanted conduct relating to a relevant protected characteristic or unwanted conduct of a sexual nature where the conduct has the purpose or effect of violating the recipient’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the recipient, or any other individual affected by such conduct. Lakenheath Indoor Bowls club is committed to ensuring that its members and non members are able to conduct their activities free from harassment

Bullying

The misuse of power or position to criticise persistently or to humiliate and undermine an individual’s confidence

Positive action'

The general positive action provisions in the Equality Act 2010 seek to address disadvantage and underrepresentation among protected groups, not only in employment generally but also in relation to the provision of services and public functions. Measures which are targeted at the protected groups are permitted if they are a proportionate means of the aim of enabling or encouraging persons to overcome or minimise disadvantage; or meeting the different needs of the protected group; or enabling or encouraging persons in protected groups to participate in an activity.

Prejudice

Is literally pre-judging someone It is usually led by negative, irrational feelings, resulting from preconceived attitudes and opinions.

Stereotyping

The definition of a stereotype is any commonly known public belief about a certain social group or a type of individual. Stereotypes are often confused with prejudices, because, like prejudices, a stereotype is based on a prior assumption. Stereotypes are often created about people of specific cultures or races.

Protected characteristics

The Act identified nine protected characteristics and these are set out below and are covered by the Equality act 2010

Age

Disability

Gender reassignment

Marriage and Civil Partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)

Pregnancy and Maternity

Race – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality

Religion or Belief – this includes lack of belief

Sex .

Sexual orientation

The Club

1) The directors of Prince Arthur Road Indoor Bowls Club are responsible for ensuring that this Equality and Diversity Policy is implemented, followed, and reviewed when appropriate.

2) The Prince Arthur Road Indoor Bowls Club directors is also responsible for ensuring that this Equality and Diversity Policy is enforced and any breaches are dealt with appropriately.

3) A copy of this Equality and Diversity Policy will be publicly available on the Prince Arthur Road Indoor Bowls Club website and a copy will be displayed on the notice board.

4) This Equality and Diversity Policy will remain in force until it is amended, replaced or withdrawn. A review of this Equality and Diversity Policy will take place as and when required, but not less than once every three years.

February 2020

DIRECTORS