Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

Our commitment to 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 a diverse and inclusive culture, in a work environment where employees and trainees feel supported, nurtured and celebrated.

We acknowledge there is always more to be done to ensure our dedicated staff and Counsellors on Placement are truly representative of the communities we work within.

Our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion forms a key part of our People strategy and is based on two key components:

  • Building a diverse talent pipeline
  • Creating an inclusive work environment.

We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.


At Place2Be, diversity and inclusion are essential values, an essential part 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


Over the past 18 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, diversity & inclusion;

  • Become a member of the Stonewall Children and Young People’s Services Champions Programme;

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

  • Continued our internal diversity and inclusion staff 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;

  • Announced a bursary scheme (Applications now open), to encourage applications for our professional qualifications from across a broader range of communities and backgrounds;
  • Benchmarked the percentage of staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds against the rest of the sector (People Count Survey, 2019)


% of staff from BAME backgrounds




Median from 60 organisations across the charity sector

% of management employees from ethnic minorities






% of non-management employees from ethnic minorities






Last updated June 2020