Equal Opportunities Policy

This Equal Opportunities Policy is designed to be part of and to supplement official Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group standard policies for the purposes of the operation and functions of the Group

Where the Kent Group uses facilities provided by other parties the Equal Opportunities Policy of that organisation is acknowledged and is to be adhered to by all members guests, speakers and officers of the Kent Group.

Policy Statement

Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group aims to ensure that all actual or potential members guests and speakers are treated equally, regardless of: age; disability; family responsibility; marital status; race; colour; ethnicity; nationality; religion or belief; gender; sexual orientation; trade union activity; unrelated criminal convictions; other irrelevant criteria.


The purpose of this policy is to establish clear guidance regarding equality and to establish key principles, structures and monitoring arrangements. The guidance should be applicable to all members, guests and speakers involved with the Kent Group.

Key Principles

Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group believes that all forms of prejudice and discrimination [1] are unacceptable. In recognition of the fact that discrimination can take a variety of forms, depending on the group against whom they are directed Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group will seek to challenge inequality, prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation.

The Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group embraces diversity in all its aspects, and aims to welcome members, guests and speakers that reflect interests of the Road Safety sector it serves.

Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group will treat all members Guests and speakers with respect and dignity, and seek to provide a pleasant and learning environment free from harassment, discrimination and victimisation.

Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group will not tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour against its members, guests or speakers either from other members, guests or speakers or members of the public.

In seeking to achieve a balanced community at all levels, Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group will, ensure that no member, guest or speaker is treated less favourably because of conditions or requirements that are not related to the Group. Reasonable adjustments will be made to ensure equal access for disabled members, guests or speaker access to events and meeting delivered.

In order to ensure that all members, guests or speakers are treated with equality and fairness at all meetings and events and that their treatment is based solely on objective

criteria, the Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group will ensure that equality issues are embedded into all its policies and procedures.

In ensuring that this policy is fully effective, and that all Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group members, guests or speakers are committed to it, The Kent Group undertakes to work in partnership with members, guests or speakers in its development and implementation.


Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group recognises the Group Committee as having overall responsibility for equality issues. This policy is to compliment and is covered by the Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group Policies and will be subject to equality audits of practices and procedures by Group Committee.

In recognition of the fact that implementation of robust equality measures requires time and expertise, Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group Committee will dedicate appropriate time and resources to this work.


If any Kent RoSPA Advanced Drivers Group members, guests and speakers believe they have not been treated fairly, due to prejudice, or discrimination, they should raise a complaint by using the Group Complaints procedure. 


This policy will be reviewed on a regular basis in accordance with legislative developments and the need for good practice in line with the Kent Group Committee.

Appendix 1

Legislative Framework

Key legislative requirements relating to equality are identified in the Equality Act 2012 which have superseded and incorporate the following:

  • Disability Discrimination Act
  • Human Rights Act
  • Race Relations Act
  • Race Relations Amendment Act 2000
  • Equal Pay Act 1970
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Protection from Harassment Act 1974
  • SENDA 2001
  • Sex Discrimination Act

[1] The term “discrimination” is used in this document to mean less favourable treatment of an individual on any of the grounds listed in Section 1.1