St 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
This has led to the unprecedented move in August 2016 of making two of our former residents (who lived at St Basils in 2009 and 2010 respectively) members of our Board.
Every year we publish basic stats in our Annual Reviews on the ethnicity and gender of all our staff and young people.