Scope of the Policy
This policy is provided for Educating UK customers, learners and staff members who are using or delivering courses and qualifications offered by Educating UK.
Educating UK will review this policy annually in line with self-assessment arrangements. This policy will be also be revised as and when necessary, in response to customer and learner feedback or good practice guidance issued by an awarding organisation or other regulatory body.
Location of the Policy
This policy is available for all staff members, third parties and learners to access.
Communication of the Policy
Every staff member involved in the management, delivery, assessment and quality assurance of qualifications offered by Educating UK, shall be made aware of this policy during their induction period of employment. Learners undertaking Educating UK qualifications shall be informed of this policy during their induction process.
Educating UK is committed to the principles of Equality and Diversity. Equality of access and opportunities for all are core values of the organisation and Educating UK are committed to raising the profile of equality and diversity and to being proactive in ensuring fairness to all. The Equality Act 2010 underpins all Educating UK policies.
All learners and employees of Educating UK are required to follow and honour the principles of this Equality and Diversity Policy.
There are no circumstances in which Educating UK will tolerate discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation from or towards any staff members, learners or customers.
This also includes cyber – harassment or cyber bullying. Any issues must be reported to a member of the Senior Management Team.
All employees and learners are expected to be alert to and report any instances of the issues identified below.
Discrimination occurs when people are treated less favourably than others because of a protected characteristic they have or are thought to have. This includes discrimination on the grounds of their gender, race, ethnic origin, religious beliefs, age, marital status, stage of development, ability or disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and wealth or background.
There are four types of discrimination; Direct Discrimination, Discrimination by Association, Perception Discrimination and Indirect discrimination.
Racial harassment is any action of a racist nature that results in people feeling threatened or compromised. It can include:
- racial name calling
- derogatory remarks
- racist graffiti or jokes
- display or circulation of racially offensive material
- physical threats, insulting behaviour or gestures
- open hostility
- exclusion from normal conversation or social events.
Sexual harassment is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that affects the dignity of women and men at work, including physical, verbal or nonverbal conduct. It can be in the form of:
- insensitive jokes or pranks
- lewd comments about appearance
- unnecessary bodily contact
- displays of explicit materials
- gestures and leering
- speculation about a person’s private or personal life
Bullying is a form of harassment, whether by staff or other learners. Bullying may be verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct that causes individuals to feel threatened, isolated or humiliated – and may include members of a group other than those being directly targeted. Bullying can take many forms and can be difficult to detect by those not directly involved. All learners and staff members are asked to report bullying at the earliest stage, so that it can be stopped. Confidentiality will always be respected at all time.
The law recognises bullying as a serious issue and the protection from the Equality Act 2010 makes it a criminal and civil offence to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person.
Victimisation is when a person is treated less favourably in the same circumstances because that person has, in good faith, made a complaint or raised a grievance under the Equality Act 2010, or because they are suspected of doing so.
A vulnerable adult is a person aged 18 years or over who may be unable to take care of themselves or protect themselves from abuse, harm or from being exploited.
Abuse can take a number of forms and can cause victims to suffer pain, fear and distress. Adults may be too afraid or embarrassed to raise any complaints or concerns. They may be reluctant to discuss their concerns with other people or unsure who to trust with their worries. Sometimes people can be unaware they are being abused.
Educating UK employees have a responsibility to ensure they are familiar with this policy, adhere to the principles of this policy and report any suspicions they may have to members of the senior management team.
Educating UK actively promote equality and fairness, and value the diversity of all learners, employees and customers.