Northumbria Probation Board is committed to embracing diversity and equality in every aspect of our work.
“Diversity underpins all of our work and goes beyond the legal requirements of the equal opportunities legislation.
Diversity is about recognising, valuing, respecting and celebrating differences between individuals as well as utilising their skills, talents and experiences to the full. It is about accounting for inequalities and disadvantages as well as varying and adjusting the service to meet diverse needs.
We believe this can be achieved through creating a mutual understanding, respect and learning culture based on inclusion, effective cross-cultural communication and a willingness to challenge accepted practices that contribute to meeting the needs of our diverse staff, victims of crime, offenders and all sections of community.”
Northumbria probation diversity statement
We are committed to making our services accessible to all offenders and victims. This includes providing access to interpreters where required, and discussing with offenders any concerns they may have or adjustments they may need for diversity reasons.
We are an equal opportunities employer and strive to ensure our policies and practices reflect all six diversity strands. We offer a number of staff support groups, where staff are able to access information and advice or enter into discussion with other staff on a range of diversity issues.
We aim to ensure all our staff are aware of diversity issues and this is reflected in their working practice with colleagues, offenders and partner organisations. We provide a range of staff training opportunities to achieve this.
In 2008 we introduced improved diversity monitoring for staff and offenders, helping us to gain greater understanding of the people we work with and the requirements they may have.
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