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.


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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