EQUALITIES AND DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

Terms of Reference

1. INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE

1.1. The role and purpose of the Equality and Diversity Committee is to enable the Ellesmere Centre for Psychotherapy and Training (ECPT) to carry out its responsibilities for the Equality and Diversity Agenda and provide strategic direction, leadership and support for promoting and maintaining equality, diversity and human rights issues across the Centre.

1.2. The Equality and Diversity Committee is the formal mechanism by which the Centre can oversee its processes to eliminate discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

1.3. The Equality and Diversity Committee purpose is to monitor the Centre’s performance in relation to equality and diversity. This means monitoring the Centre’s performance in creating an organisation where provision is accessible, responsive and appropriate to people, irrespective of their personal characteristics and where all Centres’ employees can fully contribute, develop and flourish at work, irrespective of their personal characteristics and they can promote equality and diversity as part of the services that are delivered at the Centre.

2. AIMS

The Equality and Diversity Committee aim is to ensure that:-

 The Ellesmere Centre for Psychotherapy and Training addresses the needs of the trainees, staff, volunteers and diverse community that it serves and raise awareness of the need for individuals who visit (clients and visitors) and those employed by the centre to be treated fairly and ensure equality for all.

 Equality and diversity improvements, updates and issues are discussed and an agreed work plan is progressed. The work plan will consist of priorities that link to The Ellesmere Centre for Psychotherapy and Training and the wider development of services.

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3. OBJECTIVES

The Committee objectives are:

3.1. To take an overview of equality, diversity and human rights issues taking account of changing legislation, best practice evidence and students, clients and staff feedback. Specifically the committee will

 Agree an annual work plan based on:  Legislation and Workforce requirements

 Work within Equality and Human Rights Commission guidelines and codes of practice.

3.2. To provide assurance to the Board and its subcommittees that the Centre is fulfilling the legislative and regulatory requirements relating to equality, diversity and human rights agenda.

3.3. To provide a forum for discussion and ensure liaison and where appropriate joint working with other committees.

3.4. Provide a focus on implementation in relation to three main areas:

 Operational (service) issues

 Client focused activity

 Employment issues

FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS

The Committee will meet at least three times per year.

Date Approved: 9th January 2020