ACAT is mindful of disadvantage and its impact on life chances and opportunity. UKCP requires its member organisations to teach "a model of gendered and culturally influenced human development" in addition to which, we are committed to addressing inequality in our practice, and in the support that we offer to trainees, practitioners and people seeking therapy.  As an employer and training provider, ACAT is also bound by the 2010 Equalities Act that assures people that they will not be discriminated against on the basis of nine “protected characteristics”,- age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex (gender) and sexual orientation. The Act highlights different forms of discrimination some of which are overt and unambiguous while others are more inadvertent and unintentional. These are

o   Direct discrimination - where someone is treated less favourably than another person because of a protected characteristic

o   Associative discrimination - this is direct discrimination against someone because they are associated with another person who possesses a protected characteristic

o   Discrimination by perception - this is direct discrimination against someone because others think that they possess a particular protected characteristic. They do not necessarily have to possess the characteristic, just be perceived to.

o   Indirect discrimination - this can occur when you have a rule or policy that applies to everyone but disadvantages a person with a particular protected characteristic

o   Harassment - this is behaviour that is deemed offensive by the recipient. Employees can now complain of the behaviour they find offensive even if it is not directed at them.

o   Victimisation - this occurs when someone is treated badly because they have made or supported a complaint or grievance under this legislation.

ACAT is particularly mindful of indirect discrimination and alert to the possibility that rules and policies may impact unfairly on some groups when compared with others. That is why we are committed to reviewing our policies with a view to eliminating any unintended consequences that impact on equality issues or that act as a barrier to trainees, members or employees.

Use of your data
The information will be managed securely and anonymously, unless you wish to provide contact information about a specific experience of discrimination. We hope to build up a reasonably accurate and comprehensive data base, and that you will feel comfortable contributing to it, but you do not have to submit this information and please do not feel you have to disclose anything you would rather keep to yourself.  The information will at no time be shared with third parties including employers, supervisors, therapists or other colleagues.

The data will be used in three ways;

1.    To build a picture of the total membership of ACAT by asking you to fill in the form at regular intervals to see if equality and diversity have increased during that period.

2.    To compare characteristics of those in positions of responsibility in ACAT with the characteristics of our general membership to identify possible indirect discrimination.

3.    To assist ACAT and its approved training providers in challenging discrimination and disadvantage in the way that individuals access, and progress through, our training courses, and take on roles of responsibility.  This will be through the direct question about whether you have experienced discrimination within ACAT.

 

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* 1. What is your age?

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* 2. ACAT Membership type?

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* 3. Do you have a training or management role within ACAT? Tick all that apply.

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* 4. How would you describe your gender?

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* 5. Are you a transgender person?

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* 6. Migration - do you have experience of migration to this country?

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* 7. Migration - did you arrive in this country as a refugee or asylum seeker?

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* 8. Do you consider yourself to have a disability?

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* 9. Ethnicity

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* 10. How would you describe your sexual orientation?

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* 11. Marital status

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* 12. How would you describe your Religion or Belief System?

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* 13. Have you personally experienced discrimination within ACAT?

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* 14. Have you observed discrimination within ACAT of certain groups of therapists or certain types of patient?

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* 15. Do you have any suggestions for increasing equality and diversity within ACAT?

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