Diversity policy

Our commitment to inclusion means that we positively embrace the diverse identities, histories, spiritual beliefs, abilities and lifestyles of the children and young people with whom we work, of our employees and volunteers, supporters, and the audiences to whom we speak. It means that we value the richness that each unique person brings to our work.

We aim:

  • to ensure that diversity is encompassed in all areas of our work
  • to ensure that diversity is reflected at all levels of our work, from Trustees to volunteers and supporters
  • to raise the profile of The Children's Society as a champion of diversity
  • to create leadership in The Children's Society that reflects and manages diversity
  • to compliment our Church partnership and participation strategies
  • to ensure that all Children's Society staff, volunteers, supporters, children and young people understand and value diversity and responsibly put it into practice
  • to reinforce the business case and other practical benefits of diversity within The Children's Society and to those outside.

Participation

Participation is key to the identity of The Children's Society. The children and young people with whom we work come from a wide variety of backgrounds, ethnicities and cultural and religious heritages. We need to reflect and embrace the diverse identities, histories, spiritual beliefs, abilities and lifestyles of the children and young people with whom we work and provide forums, procedures and processes that are accessible to them.

Protecting the minority

The Children's Society recognises that whilst diversity is about valuing the many differences that exist between people, there are some groups who are particularly marginalised, socially excluded and denied equal rights. We will always be sensitive to age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, faith and disability whilst seeking to create an environment where all differences are respected and cherished, as this brings benefits for everyone in the organisation.