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Richmond Council takes action to support workplace equality

1 June 2022

Richmond Council is one of 18 councils participating in the first wave of a social care Workplace Race Equality Standard (WRES), which is designed to help local authorities adopt anti-discriminatory policies and anti-racist cultures.

Richmond and Wandsworth’s Adults Social Care Service (as part of the Shared Staffing Arrangement), Achieving for Children (the Council’s Childrens’ Services) and Wandsworth’s Children Services have worked together to implement the WRES.

The WRES has a defined set of nine metrics set by the Department of Health and Social Care, which look at career development, training and treatment at work of Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff. The WRES is designed to collect data and evidence about the experience and treatment of staff from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and other marginalised communities, compared with staff from a white background.

The Council’s services have developed a data-led action plan to improve the metrics and demonstrate the Council’s commitment to supporting all staff and developing a culture of inclusion and equality.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

“I am delighted to be able to share our action plans publicly and I am proud that Richmond Council is taking part in the early phase of this important work. It will not only have lasting implications for our Adults and Children’s services, but will provide valuable learnings and implications for the whole organisation.”

Cllr Nancy Baldwin, Spokesperson for Communities, Equalities & the Voluntary Sector, said:

“This Council values the diversity of all its communities and works to make sure all residents feel safe, included, respected and valued. To do this, our workforce must reflect the diversity of our communities.

“Our social care workers have an enormous impact on the lives of the adults and children they work with – they help our most vulnerable residents to live happy, healthy and safe lives. It is incredibly important that all our staff are supported and have equal opportunities to make social care work a career for life.”

View the Adult Social Services action plan.

View the Achieving for Children action plan.

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Updated: 1 June 2022

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