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What is a Diversity Champion?
BACP's Diversity Champions will play a vital role in promoting a positive working environment in which staff are treated fairly and with respect, also to encourage all staff to play a role in creating and maintaining an environment in which harassment, bullying and victimisation are understood to be unacceptable forms of behaviour.
The development of a network of Diversity Champions is intended to ensure that all staff have access to clear, informed, sensitive network and support to address difficulties in the workplace. Diversity Champions will meet as a network to identify common concerns and contribute to the development of positive and preventative action to improve communications and relationships between staff.
Diversity Champions will meet regularly as a team to help drive behavioural and cultural change and articulate the business case for equality and diversity across BACP. Also fulfil an advocacy role by ensuring that diversity is a key element to all of the different business elements of the work of BACP.
Duties of the Diversity Champions Role
To provide information to individuals on the courses of action available if they believe themselves to be the subject of harassment, bullying or victimisation.
To raise awareness of the Dignity at Work Policy and the Equality and Diversity Positioning Statement and support available for staff experiencing harassment, bullying or victimisation.
To promote Equality and Diversity by supporting individuals to embrace diversity within BACP.
To provide a friendly supportive environment to individuals who are distressed by concerns about harassment, bullying or victimisation recognising the point at which it is appropriate to refer to other services (such as E.A.P. or HR Team).
To uncover the barriers to diversity and actively support the development of a Diversity Strategy within BACP. To work as a team to ensure that organisational goals consider diversity and that this is embedded into the organisational ethos.
To identify allegations which may be beyond the remit of the role and refer these cases as appropriate.
To maintain brief notes of any advice/support given.
To attend training and network meetings as required.