Equal Opportunities

The Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Caerau with Ely is committed to the principle of equal opportunities for all. All members of the Church in Wales are bound by The Constitution of the Church in Wales, but nothing contained therein prohibits or detracts from the principles of equal opportunities for all, save those things that pertain specifically to matters of Christian Doctrine, as allowed by law.

The PCC accepts that:

Direct Discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favourably for a reason unconnected with their ability in relation to either a job they are employed to do or the job for which they have applied.

Indirect Discrimination occurs when an unjustifiable requirement or condition is applied which, though in principle applies to all, in practice is more difficult for one particular group of people to fulfil.

The PCC recognises that although at present it has no paid employees, it does have a number of persons who volunteer for various roles within the church community.

Therefore:

  1. The PCC will, within the limitations imposed upon it by the Constitution of the Church in Wales (set up under the Welsh Church Act 1914), ensure that volunteers are afforded the same rights as those in paid employment.
  2. The PCC will not tolerate harassment, bullying or victimisation, and accepts the following definitions:
  • Victimisation occurs when someone with a genuine grievance who has followed a complaints procedure is treated badly as a result
  • Harassment occurs when speech, behaviour or other action is deemed by another person to be unacceptable and unwelcome. This would include instances of sexual harassment by men or women towards men or women (even where the perpetrator believes the remarks or action to be comical or jocular); unacceptable terms of speech or mockery on grounds of race or colour, gender, ethnic origin or physical or mental disability.
  • Bullying occurs when any unsolicited or unwelcome act intimidates, humiliates or undermines an individual’s sense of safety, worth or well-being.

The Constitution of the Church in Wales was first drawn up after the separation of the Welsh dioceses from the Church of England in 1920.  Together with rules inherited from the Church of England at disestablishment – rules drawn partly from Acts of Parliament, post-Reformation canons of the Church of England and the medieval canon law, all of which the Church in Wales now has the power to alter or repeal – the Constitution forms the internal law of the Church in Wales.  It is binding upon all members of the Church in Wales, both clerical and lay, but not upon the people of Wales generally, and, in common with the rules of other voluntary associations, it is enforceable in certain circumstances in the civil courts.  It is the product of the freedom given to the Church in Wales by the Welsh Church Act, 1914, to govern its own affairs.

If you believe that you have a genuine cause for complaint you should contact the parish priest.

The Parish Priest will inform the complaints sub group of the Parochial Church Council, who will investigate your complaint.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the investigation you will have the right to appeal to the Appeal Panel, which comprises the Parish Priest and two other members of the PCC not on the original sub group. Their decision is final.

The PCC will work to ensure that:

  • No person or organisation, receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, class, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, age, child or domestic care arrangements, sexual orientation or disability, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justified.
  • The facilities provided in the church and the hall do not disable people from playing a full part in the activities taking place.
  • All those who hire the hall understand the principles of equal opportunities and have their own policies in place to ensure equality of access to services.
  • There is an annual review of the Policy
  • The Churchwardens and PCC together monitor the working of the policy
  • It is as responsive to the needs of all service users as it can be in both its policies and practice
  • The Parochial Church Council is committed to developing an environment in which the culture of bullying, harassment or other forms of discriminatory practice are not tolerated under any circumstances