International Professional Scouting Organisation (IPSO)

Equality & Diversity Policy

IPSO believes that each person has the right to be treated equally and be given equal
chances to benefit from the services that the IPSO provides. This belief is underpinned by safeguards where IPSO supports the requirements of Equality legislation but also by the
guidelines and practices which seek to be fair to all IPSO employees and service users.

Statement
IPSO celebrates and values the rich diversity of all those who undertake an IPSO course,
work for IPSO and any other stake holders associated with IPSO. IPSO will ensure that equality matters are actively promoted throughout all of its services and activities and that we are firmly opposed to any form of discrimination. IPSO will strive to take positive action
where necessary to minimise the impact of disadvantages and will work towards providing a
positive environment, free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation.

In order to ensure openness and transparency IPSO will evaluates our position at the end of each year and as the company grows will implement an Equality and Diversity strategy to take the company forward, set out our improvement priorities to help us achieve an outstanding track record regarding equality and diversity.

IPSO will adhere to underpinning Legislation as outlined below:
• Work and Families Act (2006)
• Human Rights Act (1998)
• Employment Rights Act 1996
• Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (this created a criminal offence of intentional harassment, whether in the workplace or elsewhere)
• Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (also created a criminal offence of intentional
harassment and a right to damages for the victim).
• Gender Recognition Act 2004
• Equality Act 2006 and 2010
• Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001(SENDA)
How do we demonstrate that we meet our duties and actively promote equality?
• All staff receive regular equality training and updates