In line with our Values, and to comply with current legislation, we are committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in all areas of service provision and employment.

OSJCT is committed to equality of opportunity in all areas of service provision and employment and is determined to make all efforts to prevent discrimination or other unfair treatment against any of its staff, potential staff or users of its services, that does not create risk to the vulnerable adults for whom the Trust provides care.

It is the policy of the Trust that no person will be treated less favourably than another person involved with the Trust* because of the following ‘protected characteristics’:

  • Their race (which includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins)
  • Their sex
  • Their sexual orientation
  • Their gender re-assignment
  • Their age
  • Their marital status and civil partnership
  • Their pregnancy and maternity
  • Their disability
  • Their religion or belief

Nor will any individual be harassed or victimised for any of the grounds listed above.

Furthermore the Trust will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds.

The policy applies to recruitment and selection, through training, development, appraisal and promotion to retirement for all employees.

The Trust will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits.

The Trust is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective.  All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity.

Any discriminatory action or victimisation will be considered to be a disciplinary offence which could lead to dismissal.

* person involved with the Trust is any client or resident or potential client or resident, relative, employee or potential employee, trustee or contractor