Valuing Diversity Statement
Coram is committed to promoting diversity and providing equality of opportunity to its staff, volunteers and services users. Valuing the backgrounds, experiences and strengths of its workforce and clients is integral to the organisation delivering high-quality services.
Coram recognises that having a workforce with a rich mix of backgrounds, knowledge, abilities and skills enhances its ability to deliver high quality services to the broadest range of children, young people and families. Coram aims to build and maintain a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities it works within by accessing, recruiting and developing people from the widest talent pool possible.
Coram is committed to taking active steps to address and eliminate unfair or unlawful discrimination or prejudice where this is identified in the organisation's procedures or working practices. The organisation does not tolerate unlawful discrimination nor direct or indirect behaviours that are intended to bully, harass, isolate or victimise.
Coram shows respect for all its employees and volunteers, valuing each individual's contribution, regardless of their age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, civil partnership status, disability, nationality, race, religion or belief.
Coram recognises that prejudice and discrimination continue to result in unfair treatment for many people. To address this and ensure the organisation’s commitment to promoting diversity and providing equality of opportunity is embedded in its day-to-day working practices, policies and relationships Coram strives to ensure:
- The workforce understands and accepts their personal responsibility to recognise and value differences.
- All new starters attend Equality & Diversity training as part of their induction programme.
- The design and application of employment policies and practices (including recruitment, retention, promotion, training and organisational restructure) uphold and reflect the organisations commitment to valuing diversity and providing equality of opportunity.
- Barriers are proactively removed and reasonable adjustments are made for its disabled workforce and service users
- Services are delivered fairly and designed to suit the needs of the diverse communities it works with
- Services are available to children, young people and families from the most disadvantaged sections of the community. Coram aims to publicise its services in a number of languages and through outlets that reach disadvantaged groups within the community.
- Effective systems of quality and equality monitoring are set up to ensure that action on valuing diversity is continuously evaluated and improved.