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Equality & Diversity


DSN’s Equal Opportunity Policy states that in the recruitment or selection of staff, volunteers and trustees, and the support or assessment of service users, the only consideration must be that the individual meets, or is likely to meet, the requirements of the post they wish to apply for or the service they wish to receive.

The requirements being met, nobody will be discriminated against on the basis of their sex, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, disability, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, caring or parental responsibilities, age, or beliefs on matters such as religion.

DSN is committed to provide a learning, working and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its members are respected, and which is free from discrimination, prejudice, intimidation and all forms of harassment including bullying.

This policy means that all service users, staff, volunteers and trustees of DSN have the right to receive a service or work in an environment free from discrimination, prejudice and all forms of harassment or bullying.

DSN is committed to a programme of action to ensure that this and other equalities policies are implemented and monitored at an organisational and individual level.


Factors such as sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, ethnic origin, race, religion, colour, nationality, political beliefs, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, disability and age should not be taken into account for the purposes of:


Recruitment, appointment, training, appraisal, promotion, discipline etc.


Referral and acceptance to receive services, and continued assessment of progress.

DSN has produced a document to provide further information on Equality & Diversity in the booklet ‘Equality & Diversity and Good Practice Toolkit’. Click here to download a copy.

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