Diversity and equality in our employment
We are fully committed to supporting and promoting diversity and equality both in the way we provide services and as an employer. We aim to ensure that all our services are designed and managed to respect and value difference.
Our diversity strategy and other policies recognise that diversity and equality is core to the way we work and provide services and that we must maximise people’s potential through valuing their diversity and treating them equally.
It also acknowledges that people who come into contact with our services, or who work for us, are individuals and are not defined by one aspect of their lives, whether that is their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or any other categorisation.
Our strategies and policies around diversity and equality help us to continue to promote a culture where the individuality of our service users and staff is respected. They also help us continue on our journey to become a ‘diversity competent’ organisation.
To be diversity competent, we need to:
- Meet the needs of people from diverse backgrounds – for example gender, religion, language, sexuality
- Recognise what those needs are and have the skills and resources to provide the right services
- Not make decisions or mistakes based on stereotypes and ignorance
Only by valuing diversity and recognising its importance in our services, our approach and our workforce will we be able to meet the positive challenges associated with equality in the 21st century and maximise people’s potential.