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Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

Place2Be exist to support the mental health and wellbeing of school communities. We work with children, young people and families from a diverse range of backgrounds across the UK.

As an employer, Place2Be is fully committed to creating an equal, diverse and inclusive culture in a work environment where employees and trainees feel supported, nurtured and celebrated.

We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

At Place2Be, equality, diversity and inclusion are some of the key strands of our People Strategy, and we are fully committed to promoting diversity in all we do to make real and lasting change. Catherine Roche, Place2Be Chief Executive

Our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan

We acknowledge there is always more to be done to ensure our dedicated staff and Counsellors on Placement are truly representative of our school communities. As part of our commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive culture, Place2Be is committed to taking action in five areas:

  1. Our Practice - We will ensure our direct work in schools is accessible and delivers impact to the full school community.
  2. An inclusive and diverse mental health workforce - We will promote the value of a diverse workforce and ensure that our training programmes are accessible to all.
  3. Our People - We will create an inclusive workplace to attract, retain and develop a talented team from all backgrounds and cultures.
  4. Learning - We will educate ourselves and establish and promote an open and honest dialogue about race, diversity and inclusivity within Place2Be
  5. Promotion - We will consistently demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity in our internal and external communications.

Read our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan

Delivering on our promise:

In the past 24 months, we have: 

  • launched the Coalition for Inclusion and Anti-Oppressive Practice, in collaboration with other industry bodies, with an initial focus on addressing the ethnic disparity in the therapeutic sector;

  • continuously improved our recruitment processes to reflect equality, diversity and inclusion best practices, using our recruitment Applicant Tracking System

  • continued our internal Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group to ensure we listen to and incorporate the views and lived experience, of all colleagues across Place2Be;

  • launched a staff consultative forum, for our school based colleagues;

  • rolled out mandatory unconscious bias training to all Place2Be staff;

  • continue to benchmark the percentage of staff from diverse groups against the rest of the sector and provide regular reporting to our executive leadership team;

  • developed brand new EDI learning content for our Learning Hub, encouraging all new starters to review and complete this as part of their induction;

  • updated all our EDI e-Learning courses to reflect current best practice, advice and terminology, ensuring all our colleagues have access to latest thinking;

  • worked with a corporate partner to design and deliver an EDI programme called ‘Inclusion at work’ which in it’s first year has been attended by almost 200 colleagues;

  • established new EDI networks for LGBTQIA+ employees, hearing loss, and ethnically diverse colleagues, each of these are led by employees providing updates to our EDI Steering Group;

  • achieved the Gold Charter Mark Award with LGBT Youth Scotland, which will help us include LGBTQ+ people in every aspect of our work, protecting our team and providing a high-quality service to the children, young people and families we help.


Children’s Rights

Place2Be supports the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), an international human rights treaty that grants all children and young people (aged under 18) a comprehensive set of rights.

Place2Be welcomes the incorporation of UNCRC in Scotland.


Our diversity statistics

  • 24% of Place2Be staff are from diverse backgrounds.
  • 16% of the Place2Be management team are from diverse backgrounds.

Last updated March 2023