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Promoting equality and valuing diversity

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Barnardo's is committed to providing equality of opportunity for the children, young people, families and carers with whom we work. We value and respect their diversity.

Barnardo's welcomes a diverse workforce and values difference in its staff and volunteers. In accordance with its Basis and Values, Barnardo's is working to create equal access to opportunities for paid employment and voluntary involvement while continuing to base selection and promotion solely on ability to meet the requirements of the post. This is irrespective of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage, and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion and belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • irrelevant offending background
  • responsibility for dependents
  • economic status
  • or political values.

Barnardo's is committed to taking active steps to address and eliminate unfair or unlawful discrimination or prejudice where these are identified in the organisation's procedures or practices.


We are endeavouring to understand the nature of discrimination, its roots and how it affects people at work. We will continue to build this understanding into our work. Our approach is governed by our Basis and Values, which are our core values as an organisation. Our first core value is ‘Respecting the unique worth of every person’ because we believe that every person is different but equal, and that everyone’s unique talent should be recognised and encouraged.

We have a number of internal workgroups and diversity forums designed to promote and recognise the value that equality and diversity bring to our organisation.

Hear some of our staff talk about our equality and diversity work.

We have developed some position statements setting out our particular commitment in the following areas:

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