We are committed to building a culture that values flexibility and fosters inclusion in the way that we work and all that we do. Our focus is on ensuring all staff have access to inclusive and flexible work practices and that our managers, organisational structures, workplace conditions and systems support our professional and personal circumstances.
The department provides access to initiatives such as:
- The Celebrating Ability Network (CAN): A network for employees committed to creating a supportive and inclusive workplace for all. We seek to represent individuals living with or supporting someone living with a disability and to increase the profile of these groups within the department. Our members include employees with a disability, caring responsibilities and allies passionate about helping the department become more disability aware.
- The Disability and Mental Health Action Plan (DMAP): The plan aims to address barriers that might prevent an employee or a stakeholder with disability or long term medical or mental health condition, from fully participating in our workplace. The plan sets out meaningful actions and measurable targets, focussing on the following key areas:
- culture of inclusion
- accessibility (including physical access for external stakeholders)
- recruitment, retention and development of people with disability
- reporting and accountability
- Reasonable adjustments: Modifications can be implemented to enable employees with disability, and carers of people with disability to perform their job and participate fully in the workplace. Reasonable adjustments can be permanent or temporary and can be designed to respond to all forms of disability, including mental health conditions and can be detailed in a Reasonable Adjustment Passport.
- Training and activities: We aim to create a culture of inclusion through various events, including mental health week. The Graduate Fundraising Committee host a series of events during mental health week for all employees. Training is regularly offered to managers and employees to raise awareness of disability and mental health in the workplace.