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Equal opportunities and Anti-discrimination statement

Providing equality of opportunity means understanding and appreciating the diversity of our staff, volunteers, service users & carers and ensuring a supportive environment free from harassment. Because of this The Heaton Practice actively encourages people to challenge discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for all. Equal opportunity does not mean treating everybody exactly the same. It means recognising that all people are individual and unique and therefore we will aim to adapt the way we work in order to ensure that everyone is treated fairly, equally and have access to the same opportunities as is reasonably practicable. 

The organisation operates within the guidelines of the Commission for Racial Equality’s Code of Conduct complies fully with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, the Race Relations Act, the Sex Discrimination Act, and any other relevant legislation that may be in force. We aim to ensure that everyone using our services, any volunteers and staff are not discriminated against due to (but not exclusive to) age; gender; religion; cultural or ethnic origin; race; disability; HIV status; sexuality orientation or marital status.

The Heaton Practice takes all reasonable steps to ensure that our service values and includes people with different cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, abilities and social practices. We ensure that our service is welcoming, non-threatening and a stimulating places to be, and where individuals are valued because of who they are and of any differences, rather than in spite of them. Anti-social and discriminatory speech and actions toward staff and service users, or other users of the building will not be tolerated and may result in services being withdrawn.