About Us 

Equality and Diversity Statement

Celebrating diversitySt Basils is committed to creating an environment for staff, young people and partners that is free from all forms of discrimination and where diversity is embraced.  It is our intention to do our very best for each young person, ensuring that the service St Basils offers is fair, inclusive, appropriate and relevant for each individual. St Basils also wants to ensure that staff are provided with the best employment opportunities and that they are enabled to contribute effectively to the work of the organisation.

Our strategic priority ‘Challenging discrimination and promoting diversity and cohesion through employment, service delivery and community engagement’, highlights our commitment to ensuring that staff and young people are provided with a safe and secure environment in which they can thrive and develop, and where all aspects of their welfare is protected.

Disability confident scheme

disability confident logoThe Equality Act 2010 defines a person as having a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

St Basils is committed to a policy of ensuring equality of opportunity in employment for all, and to taking action to avoid discrimination.  As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies.

Strength and Unity through Diversity

Black Lives Matter black squareRecently we have seen international, national and local protests against the structural and systemic inequality which led to the loss of another black life, George Floyd.

The conscious and unconscious bias which underpins privilege and power and is insensitive to the world experienced by others is rightfully being challenged.

People of all ages but particularly young people are saying enough is enough, expressed in the heart-rending cry of ‘I can’t breathe’.

At the same time, reports published by Public Health England show that those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities are disproportionately affected by Covid-19 with higher death rates.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-review-of-disparities-in-risks-and-outcomes

Homelessness disproportionately affects young people from BAME communities reflecting wider socio-economic inequalities.

St Basils has a proud track record of challenging the systemic inequities and providing a voice for young people as well as an investment in a better future. As young people have said to us consistently, ‘Believe in us and support us to achieve’.

One of our key principles to work by is ‘Strength and Unity through Diversity’

‘Our diversity is our strength and we are united in our purpose through a collective framework of principles and priorities. Like the pieces in a Jigsaw, we are all different but only by fitting together, is the whole picture complete. We believe that our different experiences, skills and heritage better enable us collectively to respond to the individual needs and experiences of the young people who come to us.

We have an opportunity to reflect, to listen to the experiences of others, to facilitate discussion with colleagues, stakeholders and young people and to understand what this unprecedented time has been like for each of us. To listen without judgement to what we need to take from this to make things better for all.

We stand in solidarity with colleagues and young people who challenge racism and inequality and ask that this is done in a safe way.  This unprecedented period has shown that we can do things differently. We can make the future better, more human and more equitable. We must grasp that opportunity.

St Basils Spokesperson
05/06/2020

Equal Opportunities policy monitoring

St Basils are Equal Opportunities employers and as part of our equal opportunities policy we are committed to implementing policies which do not discriminate on the grounds of ethnicity, gender, pregnancy and maternity, marital or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, disability, age and religion.

For this reason our recruitment and selection procedures aim to avoid any unfair discrimination on these grounds during the consideration of applications for employment. To help us monitor this policy and the effectiveness of our recruitment practices we require all applicants to complete an equal opportunities policy monitoring form as part of the application process.

As with all the other information on the application form it will be treated as confidential and the short-listing and recruiting panel will not see this part of the form.

Our Diverse Board of Directors

We are proud of our diversity at St Basils and particularly that the diversity of our staff team reflects the communities that we serve in Birmingham and beyond. We feel it is important that our Board of Directors does the same in order to bring a variety of skills and perspectives to the table. As a young people’s charity it is particularly important that as well as gender and ethnic background being brought into consideration, a range of ages is also reflected in the make-up of the board in order to ensure we continue to meet the diverse needs of young people.

Meet our Board

Gender Pay Gap Report

All UK employers over a certain size are required to report on their gender pay gap. Our report can be downloaded by clicking on the red button below. In it you’ll find a snapshot of the gender pay balance within St Basils, accompanied by notes to explain what the results mean.

One of St Basils’ strategic priorities is ‘Challenging discrimination and promoting diversity and cohesion through employment, service delivery and community engagement’ – central to which is our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and to addressing workplace barriers to equality.

We welcome the requirement to report on this data and will use the information to inform our continuing commitment to ensure that everyone – regardless of race, ethnicity or gender – has an equal opportunity to thrive.

Gender Pay Gap Report March 2020

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