Valuing the backgrounds, experiences and strengths of our staff and clients is integral to us delivering high-quality services.
We have a very active strategy and plan to drive forward diversity initiatives and continuously improve our performance in this area. We have seven Diversity Networks which meet regularly and work together to help shape the strategic direction of our inclusion practices. They are:
We seek to facilitate good work-life balance and the ability of our staff to manage work effectively alongside other commitments, needs and interests. We are committed to offering part-time working and more flexible working arrangements wherever possible.
We are currently working closely with the staff in our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network to identify positive action schemes designed to support the progression of under-represented staff into senior roles. For example, we have developed an internal mentoring scheme whereby staff can get support for their career development by being matched with a senior management mentor.
We are proud of consistently achieving a place in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index as one of the most LGBT-friendly employers in the UK.
We are a Disability Confident Employer (registered with the Disability Confident scheme) and are fully committed to supporting people with disabilities including mental health to work with us. 10% of our staff have disabilities.