PRINCIPLE 4

PRINCIPLE  4

Our organisation takes steps to prohibit, prevent, and address inappropriate behaviour by staff, volunteers, contracted or other personnel, in relation to children, vulnerable adults and the local community.

Indicators:

4.1 We do not discriminate, we take steps to prevent all forms of harassment and sexual harassment and bullying, and we make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Our work reflects a commitment to promoting best practice in equality, inclusivity and diversity.

 
Suggested evidence (some evidence is mandatory) – Copies of/extracts or screenshots from/links to:

 

§  Equality statement(s) of the VSA and local partners;

§  Equality, diversity, inclusivity and non-discrimination policies and procedures which reflect (at a minimum) the 9 grounds for non-discrimination under Irish equality legislation;

§  Equality proofing mechanism/checklist to ensure all policies and programmes take into account the likely impact on a group, including on the basis of gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race/ethnicity and membership of the Traveller community;

§  Action plan to advance equality and diversity;

§  Recruitment policies and procedures which are aligned with equality, diversity and non-discrimination policies;

§  Anti-harassment policies and procedures which includes sexual harassment and on the other 8 grounds under Irish equality legislation;

§  Outline of internal organisational training/induction on equality, diversity and/or harassment;

§  Record/certificate of attendance for VSA personnel attending training on equality, diversity and social inclusion;

§  Grievance or complaints procedure to deal with complaints about harassment which outlines how it is disseminated to local partners and the wider community;

§  Whistleblowing policy which is compliant with The Protected Disclosures Act (2014);

§  Reasonable accommodation policy and/or strategy for people with disabilities.

 

4.2 We show a commitment to inclusion of all volunteers; encourage applications from potential volunteers from diverse backgrounds, experiences and circumstances; and provide supports and make reasonable adjustments as needed by this diversity of volunteers, including in-country support, within the means available.

 
Suggested evidence (some evidence is mandatory) – Copies of/extracts or screenshots from/links to:

 

§  Recruitment strategies which reflect a commitment to promoting diversity including on the basis of gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race/ethnicity and membership of the Traveller community and socio-economic status;

§  Recruitment policies, procedures and guidelines which are fair and inclusive of the above;

§  Diversity and inclusion strategies;

  • Targeted advertisements and marketing materials focused on under-represented groups;
  • Recruitment procedures demonstrating an openness to placing any volunteer with specific needs overseas;
  • Positive action measures including:

        Targeted fundraising support for under-represented groups;

        Specific support packages for volunteers from under-represented groups including specific training and/or mentoring opportunities;

        Reserved places on a volunteer programme for members of an under-represented group.

§  Records/certificate of VSA personnel participation in training on equality and diversity;  and in assessing the needs of, and working with, diverse volunteers;

§  Qualifications/CV of personnel supporting volunteers;

§  Training manual of the VSA/local partner is inclusive of, and works to promote, diversity;

§  Correspondence with local partners demonstrating an understanding of the capacity limitations of partners to support specific needs;

§  Examples of how volunteers are informed about the local context they will encounter in the project location and how that will relate to their specific needs;

§  Documentation designating a person responsible for reviewing training and support needs of volunteers as part of the annual planning process.

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