Diversity and inclusion resources

Inclusion is about creating an environment where colleagues feel they can be themselves, difference is valued and everyone’s contribution is respected. Here you can find out how we support individuals to be themselves and continually strive to create a more innovative and creative workplace.

Action for Children is made up of unique individuals. Our inclusive workplace resists making judgements according to certain visual or noticeable characteristics. We strive to be inclusive and respect our colleagues, volunteers, children, young people and parents who access our services throughout the UK.

Inclusion at Action for Children

Our inclusive culture has a number of benefits for Action for Children’s staff, volunteers, and the children, young people and parents who access our services. If individuals feel valued, they are more likely to be productive, committed and energized to improve outcomes for some of the most vulnerable families in the UK.

Equality Act

The Equality Act came into force in October 2010 and provides a single legal framework with clear legislation to effectively tackle disadvantage and discrimination. The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with regard to a ‘protected characteristic’.

Our equality objectives 2015-18

Our Equality Objectives ensure that Action for Children provides an inclusive working environment that respects and values the diversity of its staff.

Monitoring data

At Action for children, we collect data to find out and understand who we employ, who volunteers for us and who uses our services. Having accurate and up to date data provides a tool to measure success in eradicating discrimination across Action for Children.

Unconscious bias

We all have biases, both conscious and unconscious which are formed from the environments in which we grew up and the environments we find ourselves in on a daily basis. They are also shaped and changed by people we know, the places we have visited and our memories throughout our lives. It is important that we are aware of our biases and that we confront our unconscious bias. If we don’t, we run the risk of discriminating against individuals or groups of individuals and making decisions based on what we have always thought, rather than logically thinking through our decision making.

Role model guide

Role models are a source of learning for colleagues and share their experiences of equality and diversity. Role models do not shy away from challenging injustice and have sound values and principles that underpin their work within Action for Children. Our role models feel able to be themselves and support others to be themselves in order to be productive, creative and innovative in order to achieve Action for Children’s aim of improving outcomes for children across the UK.

 

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