Guitar Circus is a music group that offers membership and provides musical activities for children and young adults aged 12 to 25yrs.
Equality of opportunity – Guitar Circus aims to:
Inclusion and respect;
Guitar Circus values its members, staff, volunteers and supporters and will do all it can to:
Accordingly all members, staff volunteers, supporters and those representing Guitar Circus are expected to treat each other with respect and dignity and ensure activities are welcoming and inclusive for all.
Inappropriate, violent or abusive behaviour or otherwise offensive and inflammatory remarks and behaviour are not acceptable. These constitute harassment, and have no place in Guitar Circus.
Guitar Circus will support our members, volunteers, staff and supporters in not tolerating any inappropriate, violent or abusive behaviour from other group members, volunteers, colleagues, other organisations or customers.
Accessibility: Guitar Circus aims to use venues that are accessible to all for rehearsals, concerts and any other activities or events it undertakes.
Dealing with Complaints
Employment practices – general
Guitar Circus aims to promote equality and inclusivity as an employer and shall ensure that no volunteer, employee, person engaged to provide a service (e.g. freelance) or job/volunteer applicant receives less favourable treatment or is disadvantaged by the characteristics set out in the aims of this policy.
Guitar Circus selects all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications and experience.
Selection, recruitment, training, promotion and employment practices will be subject to regular review to ensure that they comply with the Equality and Diversity Policy.
Guitar Circus regards discrimination, abuse, harassment, victimisation or bullying of staff or volunteers in the course of work as disciplinary offences that could be regarded as gross misconduct.
Request for DBS checks for current and potential members, staff and volunteers – with reference to ex-offenders
In assessing applicants’ suitability for positions, which are included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order using criminal record checks processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Guitar Circus complies fully with the code of practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly.
Guitar Circus actively promotes equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and welcome applications from a wide range of candidates.
Request of DBS checks
An application for a criminal record check is only submitted to DBS after a thorough risk assessment has indicated that one is both proportionate and relevant to the position concerned.
For those positions where a criminal record check is identified as necessary, all application forms, job adverts and recruitment briefs will contain a statement that an application for a DBS certificate will be submitted in the event of the individual being offered the position.
Guitar Circus can only ask an individual to provide details of convictions and cautions that Guitar Circus are legally entitled to know about, and where a DBS certificate at either standard or enhanced level can legally be requested (where the position is one that is included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 as amended, and, where appropriate, Police Act Regulations as amended).
Guitar Circus makes every subject of a criminal record check submitted to DBS aware of the existence of the code of practice and makes a copy available on request.
Outcome of check and selection process
Guitar Circus undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a criminal record check on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.
Guitar Circus undertakes to discuss any matter revealed on a DBS certificate with the individual seeking the position before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment.
In an interview or separate discussion Guitar Circus will:
Guitar Circus ensures that all those who are involved in the recruitment process are:
The policy will be reviewed every two years by the board of trustees/management committee. Members of Guitar Circus will be informed of any changes to the policy and be invited to comment.
Write to us
By email: Info@guitarcircus.org.uk
By Post: Guitar Circus, 12 Parchment street, Winchester, SO23 8AZ