Staff Equality Forums
As part of our commitment to putting Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at the heart of what we do, the Council hosts four Staff Equality Forums:
- Disability and Age
- Gender, Maternity and Paternity
- Race, Religion and Belief
These are all run internally by an elected Chair and have respective Co-Chairs and Vice Chairs. Each Forum has been allocated a dedicated Equality Diversity and Inclusion Advisor and a Strategic Executive Board Sponsor (Director) who provide support, advice and guidance to the forums. Each forum has also been granted its own budget in order to fund the vital work.
The forums generally meet on a monthly basis for colleagues to discuss key issues that they are facing, receive updates for progress being made on Equality Action Plans and to provide a safe space for colleagues. All employees can join any forum; you do not need to self-define or identify as one of the protected characterises to join.
The Staff Equality Forums are a pivotal part of the EDI Strategy that the Council is committed to. We will ensure that we do the right thing and that no-one is left behind.