Romsey Festival of Youth Music 2019

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22 June to 7 July 2019

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22 June - 29 June 2019

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30 June - 7 July 2019

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Equality Policy

This policy provides guidance on meeting the equality legislation.  It covers all aspects of equality and meets the requirements for a race equality, disability equality scheme and gender equality scheme.


Introduction


The Romsey Festival of Youth Music (RFoYM) is an inclusive festival where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth.

We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people.  It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.


We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the Human Rights Act 1998.


Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:



Purpose of the policy


The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). This means that participants in the RFoYM cannot be discriminated against or treated less favourably on the grounds of their sex (gender), race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or pregnancy or maternity.


Age and marriage and civil partnership are also “protected characteristics”.


Development of the Policy


What we are doing to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation

The RFoYM takes account of equality issues in relation to participation and how it provides access for students to venues, facilities and services.

The RFoYM is aware of the Reasonable Adjustment duty for disabled participants – designed to enhance access and participation to the level of non-disabled participants and prevent disabled participants being placed at a disadvantage compared to their non-disabled peers.

The RFoYM ensures that those who are affected by a policy or activity are consulted and involved in the design of new policies and in the review of existing ones.

The RFoYM takes seriously the need to consider the equality implications when it develops, adapts and reviews any policy or procedure and whenever it makes significant decisions about the Festival.  

The RFoYM actively promotes equality and diversity through its activities and by creating an environment which champions respect for all.

Arrangements for participation in the RFoYM are fair and transparent.  The Festival does not discriminate against participants by treating them less favourably on the grounds of their sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity.


Addressing prejudice and prejudice-based bullying


The RFoYM challenges all forms of prejudice and prejudice-based bullying which stand in the way of fulfilling its commitment to inclusion and equality:

The RFoYM treat all bullying incidents with equal seriousness.  A record of any different prejudice-related incidents will be kept and how they were dealt with.


What we are doing to advance equality of opportunity between different groups


The RFoYM strives to make itself aware of the needs of its participants in order to inform its planning and identify targets to achieve greater opportunities

The RFoYM is aware that legislation relates mainly to current but also to future participants.  It will, for example, be sufficiently prepared if a Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired or Gypsy Roma Traveller child/young person participates in this year’s or future Festivals.

The RFoYM avoids language that runs the risk of placing a ceiling on any child/young person’s participation. The Festival is alert and proactive about the potentially damaging impact of negative language in matters such as race, gender, disability and sexuality.

In addition to avoiding or minimising the possible e negative impacts of any of our policies, the RFoYM takes opportunities to maximise positive impacts by reducing and removing inequalities and barriers that may already exist between, for example:


The RFoYM ensures equality of access for all its participants, removing barriers to participation where necessary


Positive Action


The RFoYM will take positive and proportionate action to address the disadvantage faced by particular groups of students with particular protected characteristics, such as targeted support.  The actions will be designed to meet the Festival’s Equality objectives.


Fostering good relations


Other ways the RFoYM addresses equality issues


Roles and Responsibilities


The RFoYM expects all Committee members, ‘Friends’ and the whole Festival community to support its commitment to promoting equalities and meeting the requirements of the Equality Act.  The RFoYM will provide guidance and information to enable them to do this

The RFoYM Committee is responsible for ensuring that the Festival complies with legislation and that this policy and its procedures and action plans are implemented. The Musical Director has a watching brief regarding the implementation of this policy.

The Committee and Friends will:


Monitoring and Reviewing the Policy:


The RFoYM Committee will revisit the principal expectations and duties of the Equality Act as and when appropriate.