Southend-on-Sea Golf Club Equality & Diversity Policy 2021

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Southend Golf Club is committed to the principles of equality and diversity throughout its workforce, throughout its membership base and customers.
    2. Southend Golf Club considers that everyone should play their part in making golf inclusive and aims to ensure that all people, irrespective of their background, ability or Protected Characteristics, have a genuine and equal opportunity to work at the club, become a member or participate in club life.
    3. Southend Golf Club will embed these values within all areas of its work.
    4. Southend Golf Club will not disadvantage any individual, whether they are participants, contractors, players, parents, coaches, officials, and volunteers by imposing any conditions or requirements which cannot be justified in the provision of its services.
    5. Southend Golf Club is also committed to supporting the rights and interests of those who it employs. Details of its commitment to equality matters relating to its staff will be set out in the expectations and behaviours required of employees should Southend Golf Club choose to employ any members of staff (there are none as at last review of this policy).
    6. This policy will be reviewed at least every 3 years by the Club Committee, any amendments shall be effective from the date stated.
  2. PURPOSE
    1. The purpose of this Policy is to:
      1. Outline the obligations of those upon whom this Policy is binding;
      2. Promote fairness, equality, diversity and respect for everyone working, volunteering, or participating in the sport of golf, or otherwise using the services at Southend Golf Club.
  3. LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK
    1. Southend Golf Club is committed to complying with all relevant legislation enacted or amended from time to time which underpins the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusivity, including but not limited to:
      • The Equality Act 2010;
      • The Protection from Harassment Act 1997; The Employment Act 2002;
      • The Part Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000;
      • The Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 20002; and
      • The Human Rights Act 1998.
  4. SCOPE
    This Policy shall apply to, and be binding upon Southend Golf Club, its directors & committee, staff, volunteers, contractors, squad players, agents, and representatives working or acting for or on behalf of Southend Golf Club.
  5. POLICY IMPLEMENTATION
    1. Southend Golf Club will:
      1. Encourage the involvement of all people regardless of background, ability, or any Protected Characteristic, in golf;
      2. Ensure that all competitions, events and activities administered by Southend Golf Club are carried out in a fair and equitable way (except where specific situations and conditions prevent this, and except where Positive Action is necessary);
      3. Monitor and review all Southend Golf Club policies and procedures to ensure that they comply with the requirements of this Policy;
      4. Monitor the diversity of its members, participants, players and volunteers in order to better understand the diversity that currently exists within Southend Golf Club. All such monitoring of personal data shall be undertaken in compliance with England Golf’s Data Protection Policy and the Data Protection Act 2018.
      5. Provide appropriate training and support to all staff, contractors, officials and volunteers to raise awareness of both the collective and individual responsibilities imposed by this Policy and the Key Concepts outlined in Paragraph 6 of this Policy.
      6. Publish this Policy on its website.
  6. KEY CONCEPTS
    1. Direct and indirect discrimination is outlined in Appendix One;
    2. Harassment is outlined in Appendix Two;
    3. Victimisation is outlined in Appendix Three;
  7. BREACHES
    1. Southend Golf Club takes seriously all claims of inappropriate behaviour, bullying, harassment, victimisation and/or discrimination, whether direct or indirect, by a contractor, player, parent, coach, official or volunteer who works for, on behalf of, or represents Southend Golf Club .
    2. Alleged breaches of this Policy shall be dealt with using the Club’s complaints, disciplinary or staff grievance procedure as appropriate.