Equality diversity and inclusivity


The Scottish Manual Therapists Organisation (SMTO) is committed to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of its operations. We recognise the value of a diverse community and the contributions of individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. This policy outlines our commitment to ensuring an inclusive and respectful environment for all members, clients, staff, and stakeholders.

1. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to:

  • Promote equality and prevent discrimination.
  • Foster a culture of inclusion and respect.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legislation, including the Equality Act 2010.
  • Outline the responsibilities of the organisation and its members in promoting EDI.
2. Scope

This policy applies to:

  • All members of the SMTO.
  • All employees, contractors, and volunteers.
  • All clients and service users.
  • All activities and operations conducted by the SMTO.
3. Principles

We are committed to the following principles:

  • Equality: Ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and succeed.
  • Diversity: Valuing the differences and unique contributions of all individuals.
  • Inclusion: Creating an environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and able to contribute fully.
4. Legal Framework

We adhere to the principles set out in the Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) Regulations 2023 which protects individuals from discrimination based on:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
5. Responsibilities

5.1 Organisation

  • Promote EDI in all policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Provide training and resources to support EDI initiatives.
  • Monitor and review the effectiveness of EDI policies and practices.
  • Ensure that any instances of discrimination, harassment, or bullying are addressed promptly and effectively.

5.2 Members, Employees, and Volunteers

  • Treat everyone with respect and dignity.
  • Challenge discriminatory behaviour and practices.
  • Participate in EDI training and development opportunities.
  • Support and promote the organisation’s EDI principles.
6. Implementation

6.1 Recruitment and Membership

  • Ensure that recruitment and membership processes are fair, transparent, and inclusive.
  • Encourage applications from diverse backgrounds.

 6.2 Training and Development

  • Provide regular EDI training for all members, employees, and volunteers.
  • Offer opportunities for professional development that support EDI.

6.3 Service Provision

  • Ensure that services are accessible to all clients and service users.
  • Consider the diverse needs of clients when planning and delivering services.

6.4 Communication

  • Use inclusive language in all communications.
  • Promote EDI initiatives and achievements within the organisation and to external stakeholders.
7. Monitoring and Review
  • Regularly review EDI policies and practices to ensure they remain effective and relevant.
  • Collect and analyse data on the diversity of members, employees, and clients to inform EDI initiatives.
  • Seek feedback from members, employees, and clients on EDI issues and use this to improve practices.
8. Reporting and Complaints
  • Provide clear procedures for reporting and addressing instances of discrimination, harassment, or bullying.
  • Ensure that complaints are handled sensitively, promptly, and confidentially.
  • Take appropriate action against individuals who breach this policy.
9. Conclusion

The SMTO is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment where everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities. By promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion, we aim to create a vibrant and supportive community for all.

This policy is endorsed by the SMTO Committee and will be reviewed annually to ensure its effectiveness and relevance.


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