equality and diversity

Equality and Diversity

At South Sefton College we recognise that every person is different and, as such, has individual needs. We will endeavour to meet those needs by ensuring that we recognise diversity within our students, staff and visitors to the college and ensure that we provide equality of opportunity for all in the provision of goods, services and facilities.

The Equality Act 2010

This act covers nine protected characteristics, which cannot be used as a reason to treat people unfairly. Every person has one or more of the protected characteristics, so the act protects everyone against unfair treatment. The protected characteristics are:


• age
• disability
• gender reassignment
• marriage and civil partnership
• pregnancy and maternity
• race
• religion or belief
• sex
• sexual orientation

The Equality Act sets out the different ways in which it is unlawful to treat someone, such as direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, victimisation and failing to make a reasonable adjustment for a disabled person. This act prohibits unfair treatment in the workplace, when providing goods, facilities and services, when exercising public functions, in the disposal and management of premises, in education and by associations (such as private clubs).

At South Sefton College, we are aware of our Equality Duty as outlined in The Equality Act 2010.

South Sefton College, will consider all individuals when carrying out our day to day work; in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to our students, staff and visitors. We will have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations between different people when carrying out our activities.

South Sefton College will also endeavour to understand how different people will be affected by our activities, so that policies and services are appropriate and accessible to all and meet different people’s needs.  We publish a Single Equality Scheme which outlines our specific objectives relating to Equality and Diversity. For further information please contact alison.craig@sssfc.ac.uk


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