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Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

We believe in the value of equity, diversity, and inclusion and make them integral to everything we do.

We're on a journey and committed to creating a fully inclusive Place2Be where all our community feel supported, nurtured, empowered and celebrated, regardless of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender identity
  • marriage or civil partnership
  • pregnancy, maternity and paternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation.

We want to stretch ourselves beyond what is comfortable to create a community where everyone can thrive and feel a part of something great. From training and our work in schools to our organisational culture, we continue to challenge ourselves to fully embed equity, diversity, and inclusion in everything we do.

What do equity, diversity and inclusion mean at Place2Be?

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Equity

We recognise and empathise with any adjustments and accommodations that our team and communities need

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Diversity

We believe that embracing diversity in all its forms enriches our organisation and makes us stronger as a team

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Inclusion

We create an inclusive environment where we can be best ourselves and experience the full richness of our colleagues

Our EDI Action Plan

Our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan has three focus areas. In each area, we want to achieve meaningful and realistic actions. The actions will include feedback from our:

  • EDI Steering Group - a group that meets to encourage and incorporate employee voices on how to best promote and practice equity, diversity and inclusion within Place2Be
  • employee support networks
  • employee surveys.

Service delivery

The children and young people we serve are at the heart of what we do. We are committed to understanding the barriers to accessing our services and how we can overcome them. We'll look to represent our children and young people's voices in our service delivery through feedback.

People

Our people focus will include the full employee cycle: joining Place2Be, employee experience, and leaving Place2Be. We'll use data to ensure our people processes and systems promote equity and understand our diversity. We'll continue to run employee surveys to understand inclusion.

Systems

We acknowledge that we need to make our organisational infrastructure - our culture, design, and systems - more inclusive.

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Our position on gender identity

At Place2Be, we believe that all children and young people should live healthy, safe, and fulfilled lives. We understand that part of growing up and developing includes exploring one’s identity, including gender identity.

Read our position on gender identity
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Our work in vulnerable communities

Our dedicated teams work in the heart of some of the most marginalised communities of the UK, supporting the mental wellbeing of children and families from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, ethnic and socio-economic groups. We know that mental health issues disproportionately affect people from an ethnically diverse background and those from low-income families, where the stigma associated with mental health can create even greater challenges.


News & blogs

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Place2Be welcomes cross-party commitment to expanding school mental health services

Last week, every major party in England made commitments to support children and young people’s mental health.

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