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Our commitment to equality

Dorset Council is committed to promoting diversity and developing an environment where all employees are treated with respect, we recognise and value the differences between people, placing a positive value on those differences.

We want to ensure that our employment practices and services are free from discrimination and prejudice. To help us achieve this we:

  • monitor the profile of our workforce
  • publish relevant data on a regular basis

Anyone who works for us or who applies for a job with us will not be treated less favourably than anyone else because of their age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital status, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins), religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy, responsibility for dependents, unrelated criminal conviction or trade union activity.

Dorset Council is proud to be Disability Confident and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

The Disability Confident Scheme

The Government's Disability Confident Scheme is an initiative that helps employers commit to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disabilities, to ensure that they have the opportunities to fulfil their potential. The Disability Confident Scheme has three levels designed to support us on our disability confident journey.

Dorset Council has achieved Disability Confident Committed Status (Level 1), this means we are committed to:

  • ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • communicating and promoting vacancies
  • offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long-term health condition, enabling them to stay in work.

Dorset Council is currently work towards achieving Level 2 Disability Confident Employer.

More about the Disability Confident Scheme

Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme

We are proud members of Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme - a world-leading employers' programme for ensuring all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff are accepted without exception in the workplace.

The programme provides a framework for creating a workplace that enables LGBT staff to reach their full potential.

More about Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme

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