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Policy Equality policy and Strategy 2017-20

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6. Principle 1: Ensure acceptable behaviour

Treat everyone with dignity and respect:

  • Treat people fairly and according to their needs. Try not to make assumptions.
  • Be patient and helpful particularly if someone has difficulties communicating, understanding or with mobility.
  • Communicate clearly.
  • Be courteous and polite.
  • Respect property and culture, particularly when visiting people in their own places.
  • Respect the right to a private family life.

Think about how your actions will affect others:

  • Be aware the effect your own behaviour and body language has on others. Recognise and guard your own prejudices. We all have a right to hold our own thoughts, beliefs and ideas, but this does not mean we have a right to express these if they lead to discrimination or cause offence or harass people.
  • Do not act in a way that would humiliate, offend, degrade, intimidate, frighten, threaten, undermine, or abuse someone. Do not promote or allow others to act in this way.
  • Do not use language or images which could be regarded as racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or insulting about disability, age, or religion and belief. Do not promote or allow this.

Help people change for the better:

  • Where possible, tell people if their behaviour has been unacceptable and advise on appropriate alternatives so they are given the opportunity to change. Tackle things, however small, at an early stage so they do not get worse.
  • Members of the public are reminded that they do not have the right to refuse service from staff or Councillors because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race/ethnicity, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation, or any other factor that is not reasonable (unless there is a genuine and objective need, for example, some women may feel uncomfortable receiving certain services provided by a man).