Cafcass is proud to be a diverse and inclusive employer, which brings considerable benefits to the organisation, including creativity, insight and innovation – all of which benefits the children and families we are here to support.
Therefore, our recruitment and selection processes are designed to help ensure equality of opportunity for all staff and applicants to the organisation regardless of age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.
While we collect diversity data from all applicants this is only for the purposes of monitoring. This information is collected confidentially in a separate section of the online application form that is not provided to recruiting managers, shortlisting panels or members of our recruitment team.
Our recruitment promise
We set and maintain high standards for our recruitment and selection processes to ensure they are fair, objective and transparent. Our recruiting team also ensures your application is dealt with efficiently and confidentially and remains secure at all times in accordance with all relevant legislation.
If as part of your application you indicate you have a disability, we will email you to invite you to provide us with further information and help us understand what, if any, reasonable adjustments you may require so that you are not disadvantaged.
It is also our policy that candidates that indicate they have a disability and that meet the criteria for the role they are applying for are guaranteed to have their application progressed to the next stage of the progress.
Disability Confident Leader
Cafcass has further underlined its commitment to equality of opportunity by successfully achieving accreditation for the Department of Work and Pensions’ Disability Confident Leader scheme demonstrating our commitment to employ, train, retain and develop the careers of colleagues with disabilities.
As someone who might be considering joining Cafcass, you can take confidence that we are an employer that:
- Actively looks to attract and recruit disabled people.
- Provides a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process.
- Offers an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the role.
- Is flexible when assessing people so disabled job applicants have the best opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job.
- Makes reasonable adjustments as required.
- Encourages our suppliers and partner firms to be Disability Confident.
- Ensures employees have sufficient disability equality awareness.
Furthermore, should you join us you will be part of an organisation that:
- Promotes a culture of being Disability Confident.
- Supports employees to manage their disabilities or health conditions.
- Ensures there are no barriers to the development and progression of disabled staff.
- Ensures managers are aware of how they can support staff who are sick or absent from work.
- Values and listens to feedback from disabled staff.
- Regularly reviews its Disability Confident Leader self-assessment.
Employers Initiative in Domestic Abuse (EIDA)
The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA) is a network of companies and public sector organisations who have one mission in common: to tackle domestic abuse by raising awareness, supporting those affected, and providing support and education to help perpetrators to stop.
As part of the network, Cafcass representatives attend quarterly meetings at the House of Commons to exchange information on best practice and to encourage, promote and develop action to help staff who are either victims or perpetrators. We are proud to be part of such a wide initiative of making domestic abuse everyone’s business.
Mindful Employer Charter
As part of being a good employer, Cafcass is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all staff. Cafcass has signed the Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health.
As an employer we recognise that:
- People who have mental health issues may have experienced discrimination in recruitment and selection procedures. This may discourage them from seeking employment.
- Whilst some people will acknowledge their experience of mental health issues in a frank and open way, others fear that stigma will jeopardise their chances of getting a job.
- Given appropriate support, the vast majority of people who have experienced mental ill health continue to work successfully as do many with ongoing issues.
As an employer we aim to:
- Show a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues. This will include positive statements in local recruitment literature.
- Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health issues and The Equality Act 2010, and given appropriate interview skills.
- Make it clear in any recruitment or occupational health check that people who have experienced mental health issues will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.
- Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health issue will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant.
- Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental health issues.
- Ensure all line managers have information and training about managing mental health in the workplace.
Cafcass Diversity Networks
At Cafcass we want our staff to feel supported and have a voice. One of the ways in which we do this is through our Diversity Networks.
The purpose of the networks is to encourage staff to share and communicate experiences with one another as well as help shape and inform what Cafcass does and how we support our staff.
We currently have five networks although we are always open to suggestions from staff for further groups:
- Kaleidoscope (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic)
- Ability Matters (Disability)
- Mental health
- Pride (LGBT+)
Cafcass has also signed up to the Mindful Employer Charter.
Stonewall Diversity Champion
Cafcass is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and we are proud to work with Europe’s largest lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) charity. We know that people perform better when they can be themselves and we want to ensure all LGBT staff are accepted without exception at Cafcass. Being part of the programme helps us to:
- Embed LGBT inclusion in the workplace
- Attract and retain the best talent
- Build our professional network
- Learn from external expertise