SAL Equality Policy

SAL Equality Policy

March 2013
Policy Statement
Scottish Athletics Ltd (trading as scottishathletics) endorses the principle of sports equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in athletics (in all its disciplines and forms), whether as athletes, casual participants, club members, officials, volunteers, coaches, office-bearers in clubs or those within the governance structure of scottishathletics:
• has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, without regard to their age, sex, gender identity, disability, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, religion, race, , socioeconomic status or sexual orientation; and
• can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular that they are able to enjoy their sport without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment or abuse.

Legal obligations
scottishathletics is committed to avoid and eliminate unfair discrimination of any kind in athletics, and will under no circumstances condone unlawful discriminatory practices. The organisation takes a zero tolerance approach to harassment. Examples of the relevant legislation and the behaviours in question are given in the Appendix.

Positive action
The principle of Sports Equality goes further than simply complying with legislation. It entails taking positive steps to counteract the effects of physical or cultural barriers – whether real or perceived – that restrict the opportunity for all sections of the community to participate equally and fully.
scottishathletics will therefore seek to institute, support or contribute to appropriate measures or initiatives that enable access to athletics and participation in associated activities by people from any group that is under-represented in the sport or has difficulty accessing it.

Implementation
The following steps will be taken to publicise this policy and promote sports equality in athletics:-
• A copy of this document will be published on the scottishathletics Website.
• The Chairman of scottishathletics will take overall responsibility for ensuring that the policy is observed, and the requirement for all members of the organisation to follow this policy will be enshrined within the articles of association at an Annual General Meeting.
• The Board will take full account of the policy in arriving at all decisions in relation to activities of scottishathletics.
• scottishathletics will collaborate fully with any surveys or other initiatives designed to assess the level of participation of different sections of the community in athletics and will take account of the findings in developing measures to promote and enhance sports equality in athletics.
• scottishathletics will provide access to training in order to raise awareness of collective and individual responsibilities for all of its Board members and staff, and enable access to suitable training for anyone involved in the sport, with a focus on accredited coaches, and officials in terms of equality and diversity training
• It will be a condition of scottishathletics membership that member clubs:
o formally adopt this policy, or produce their own equality and diversity policy in terms that are consistent with it; and
o take steps to ensure that their Committees, members and volunteers behave in accordance with the policy, including where appropriate taking disciplinary action under the Club’s constitution; and
o ensure that access to membership is open and inclusive;
o support such measures and initiatives that scottishathletics may institute or take part in to advance the aims of this policy.
Note: scottishathletics will provide advice and training support to clubs in the above areas linked to wider club development support and implementation of programmes.
• It will be a condition of scottishathletics membership that individual and corporate members
o Recognise they are bound by this policy; and
o Support such measures and initiatives that scottishathletics may institute or take part in to advance the aims of this policy.

Responsibility, Monitoring and Evaluation
The Board of scottishathletics together with the senior staff will be responsible for ensuring the implementation of this policy.
The Board will review all scottishathletics activities and initiatives against the aims of the policy on an annual basis, and the Chairman / CEO will report formally on this issue at the AGM.
The Board, or where appropriate a designated project leader, will review any measures or initiatives that scottishathletics may institute or take part in to promote and enhance sports equality in athletics, and will report their findings formally to the AGM.
The Board will review the policy itself at intervals of no more than three years, (or when necessary due to changes in legislation) and will report with recommendations to the AGM.

Complaints and compliance
scottishathletics regards all of the forms of discriminatory behaviour, including (but not limited to) behaviour described in the Appendix as unacceptable, and is concerned to ensure that individuals feel able to raise any bona fide grievance or complaint related to such behaviour without fear of being penalised for doing so.
Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any employee, member or volunteer who violates the scottishathletics Equality Policy.
Any person who believes that he or she has been treated in a way that they consider to be in breach of this policy by a member club, individual member or corporate member of scottishathletics , should first complain to that person or organisation. If this does not resolve the matter, or in the case of allegations of discriminatory behaviour against scottishathletics itself, the person may raise the matter by writing directly to the Chairman. Contact details are available through the website (www.scottishathletics.org.uk)
The Chairman will investigate the complaint personally or appoint a Committee member to do so. The investigation will be conducted impartially, confidentially, and without avoidable delay. Any person or organisation against whom a complaint has been made will be informed of what is alleged and given the opportunity to present their side of the matter.
The outcome of the investigation will be notified to the parties in writing and reported to the Board. If the investigation reveals unacceptable discriminatory behaviour on the part of an individual member, corporate member, or member club the Board may impose sanctions on that person or organisation in line with the scottishathletics Constitution. Sanctions may range from a written reminder concerning future conduct up to and including temporary or permanent expulsion from scottishathletics membership. In deciding what sanction is appropriate in a particular case the Board will consider the severity of the matter and take account of any mitigating circumstances.
Where the violation of the Equality Policy by way of harassment, victimisation or discrimination amount to a criminal offence, the appropriate authority will be informed.
In the event that an individual or organisation associated with scottishathletics is subject to allegations of unlawful discrimination in a court or tribunal, the scottishathletics Board and staff will co-operate fully with any investigation carried out by the relevant lawful authorities and, subject to the outcome, may consider taking action as above in relation to the matter concerned.

 

scottishathletics Board
25/3/13

 

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