Equal opportunities

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment and in the support that we offer to families using the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices care service. The ethos behind our work with families is more clearly stated in the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices Care Team Philosophy and the Spirituality Mission Statement.

The purpose of this document is to concentrate on equal opportunity in relation to employment.

The recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion of individuals is on the basis of their qualifications, skills, experience and performance. All employees, potential employees and volunteers will receive equal treatment regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, trade union membership, sex, age, marital status, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. This will be reflected in all recruitment advertisements.


Shooting Star Children’s Hospices hospice care for children is committed to providing a working environment in which its employees know that all employment decisions affecting them, including those relating to selection, promotion and pay are made using objective business criteria and that they are based on people’s personal skills and potential contribution. All staff and volunteers must observe and promote this policy. Discrimination will not be tolerated in any form. Shooting Star Children’s Hospices will not tolerate acts that breach its Equal Opportunities Policy and all alleged acts will be taken seriously, fully investigated and where proven will be subject to disciplinary action. All alleged breaches of the Equal Opportunities Policy affecting existing employees should be dealt with in accordance with the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices grievance/disciplinary procedure as appropriate.

Implementing the policy

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices’s management and trustees have primary responsibility for the successful implementation of the policy by:           

- Not discriminating in the course of employment against fellow employees or job applicants.

- Not inducing or attempting to induce others to practice unlawful discrimination.

- Seeking representation from ethnic minority groups on the Board of Trustees.

- Bringing to the attention of employees that they will be subject of disciplinary action for failure to adhere to this policy.

All staff will be provided with training and access to the full policy upon joining the organisation.

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