Norfolk & Suffolk Probation Trust strives to be an employer that promotes equal opportunities and aims to promote diversity both as an employer and in its work with offenders.
The Diversity Policy encompasses all aspects of our operations. Additionally we have developed an Equality Scheme in compliance with legal requirements.
Recruitment of staff is based upon methods that are known to attract applicants from all sectors of the community and are fair in their implementation. All staff involved in recruitment and selection are required to undertake specific training to ensure that they are competent in this important area of work.
We undertake voluntary, anonymised, monitoring of staff and job applicants in relation to age, gender, disability and race. This helps us to identify any trends that may indicate a need to improve our processes and procedures.
We are conscious of the need to make the workplace one that is comfortable for all to work in and specific individual needs are raised with line managers to ensure that this happens as far as possible. In particular we work with staff who have identifed disabilities to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to cater for their needs.
We are also working to ensure that the office environment promotes an atmosphere that is welcoming to all groups.
Probation associations include the Association of Black Probation Officers, the National Disabled Staff Network and LAGIP (association of lesbian, gay and transgendered staff working in probation and family courts).