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We know that embracing diversity and equality leads to a happy and productive workforce. With this in mind, we aim to harness a wide variety of skills and talents to produce the best possible results.
In our approach to recruitment, we integrate equality of opportunity into all of our employment activities. Our service provision to government bodies, foster carers, and children and young people in foster care reflects our culture of diversity whilst ensuring that our services, recruitment and general business do not discriminate on the grounds of any protected characteristic:
In addition, we also ensure that we do not discriminate on the grounds of:
*These lists are not exhaustive.
We operate within a framework of fairness, openness, integrity and accountability, and we expect the same of those providing services for the agency, or on behalf of the agency. Our key values and principles are set down so that:
Foster carer pre and post-approval training encourages care provision that respects the ethnic, religious, cultural and linguistic background of children and young people who are looked after through our agency. Foster carers are provided with the right information, the best support and relevant training to enable them to offer the best possible care and to promote the heritage of a fostered child or young person.
We take care to ensure that our recruitment practices reflect the diverse culture we promote throughout our organisation. Job descriptions and person specifications are prepared for every vacancy, details of vacancies are made available via internal and/or external advertising, or existing staff/workers within the Core Assets Group may be transferred. Applicants are shortlisted against the person specification, and selection decisions are made on the basis of merit.
Our recruitment, support and training of staff and foster carers reflects our commitment to having a range of employees and foster families sufficiently diverse to meet the ethnic, racial, cultural, linguistic and religious needs of children and young people requiring placement. This also includes needs relating to disability, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
We encourage our staff, foster carers, children and young people follow and also help develop all our policies, practices and procedures with a clear and consistent focus on equality of opportunity.
In these ways, we believe that all our policies and practices are in line with relevant employment and service related legislative, regulatory and good practice requirements.