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Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

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

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, 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 communications, both internally and externally.

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

Delivering on our promise:

In the past 24 months we have: 

  • Launched the Diversity and Inclusion Coalition, in collaboration with other industry bodies, with an initial focus on addressing the gender and ethnic disparity in the therapeutic sector;

  • Signed up to the Race at Work Charter (on 1 December 2019) committing to five calls to action to ensure ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels;

  • Recruited an HR Project Officer to focus on wellbeing, engagement, equality, diversity and inclusion;

  • Improved our recruitment processes to reflect equality, diversity and inclusion best practice, launching with a new recruitment Applicant Tracking System in summer 2020;

  • 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, empowering the voice of our employees;

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

  • Benchmarked the percentage of staff from diverse groups against the rest of the sector (People Count Survey, 2019)

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.

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Last updated March 2022