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Diversity and Equity Policy

Statement of Intent

Active Partners Trust wishes to act as an exemplar for diversity and equity within its sphere of influence. In doing so, APT commits to promoting good equitable practice within APT and with partners.

APT is committed to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity generally on its Board, including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability.

APT's stated strategic priority is to address inequity in activity levels in certain priority groups. The identification of the priority groups will be based on up to date insight, which will be reviewed on a regular basis. APT's people and financial resources will be focused on these priority groups.

APT will regularly review and report on participation rates of priority groups and set targets where feasible.

APT will consult with expert and/or representative organisations to ensure that APT's activities are based on current insight and good practice.

APT will take positive action to ensure PA services and programmes are appropriate and accessible to every individual in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

APT will ensure that its Safeguarding policy, procedures, guidance and training help the core team recognise the additional vulnerability of some children and adults at risk and the extra barriers they face due to e.g. race, sex, disability etc.

APT will ensure that responsibility and accountability for diversity and equity is placed firmly at the most senior level within the organisation (the Chair of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer) and delivery is the responsibility of all employees, volunteers and partners.

APT will deliver on this policy by building diversity and equity into all aspects of its work. All reasonable steps will be taken to ensure that employees, volunteers and partner organisations support this policy.

APT will ensure that no job applicant, Board Director, employee, volunteer, partner, participant, carer or spectator at an APT event, receives less favourable treatment (see appendix 1 for a full list of protected characteristics).

APT will take positive action through advocacy, training and mentoring to achieve a workforce and a governance structure that is representative of the populations in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

APT will ensure that its employees, Board Directors, volunteers, partners, participants, carers and spectators are able to conduct their APT related activities free from harassment or intimidation. Appropriate HR policies and procedures will be in place to support this.