We are partnering with the social justice charity brap to affect a major culture shift in our equality, diversity and inclusion practices. Together with the formation of a charity-wide Diversity Network, this is the next step in a comprehensive and reinvigorated plan of work to improve, update and embed the charity’s approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.

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NCT has a proud heritage of campaigning for social justice and driving positive change for pregnant women and new parents. Persistent inequalities exist in outcomes for women, babies and families, and there is clearly much more to do to ensure truly inclusive services and support. 

In particular, evidence from MBRRACE-UK has shown that black women are five times as likely to die during pregnancy or after birth compared to white women, while mixed-race women are three times as likely and Asian women are twice as likely to die. 

The existing inequalities and persistent disadvantages faced by black, Asian and minority ethnic pregnant women and new parents in the UK have been brought into sharp relief by the coronavirus pandemic. Analysis has found that black pregnant women are eight times more likely to be admitted to hospital with coronavirus, while Asian women are four times as likely.

At NCT, we have an important role to play in highlighting inequalities and working with others to bring about better experiences and more equitable outcomes. We recognise that we have more to do to become an open, inclusive and diverse charity so we can support all parents, whatever their situation, background, ethnicity, community or needs. 

NCT’s approach to equality, diversity and inclusion

We are partnering with the social justice charity brap to affect a major culture shift in our equality, diversity and inclusion practices. Together with the formation of a charity-wide Diversity Network, this is the next step in a comprehensive and reinvigorated plan of work to improve, update and embed the charity’s approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.

brap is a charity transforming the way organisations think and do equality, using meaningful approaches to learning, change, research, and engagement. Building on extensive knowledge and experience of the key issues that people are facing, they work to show organisations how they can change their culture and practices, using progressive, innovative equality approaches to develop better, fairer services for all.

We are working with brap to co-create a powerful, deliverable plan to bring about a major shift in our equality and inclusion practices, right across the NCT community. This work will cover a range of considerations, including:

  • A Board development programme, to help the Board move forward positively in leading a truly inclusive charity and community. 
  • Enabling and supporting our new NCT Diversity Network, to form a safe, trusted space and provide strong ideas and input to shape our future inclusion initiatives. 
  • Establishing a comprehensive equality baseline, on which to build our inclusion action plan. 
  • Assessing the current culture of our charity, to help understand the actions required to develop a more inclusive workplace and community. 
  • Setting equality, diversity and inclusion goals across our work, including our volunteer, education, service delivery and practice communities, and developing a framework to measure progress. 
  • Designing and facilitating a comprehensive programme of training and development for trustees, staff, practitioners and volunteers. 

As part of this, we are taking positive action to enhance the diversity of our Board of Trustees and build their capacity in terms of skills and lived experience. You can find out more about by reading about our Trustee Elections in 2020.

We have also welcomed three new independent committee members with a wealth of experience in people and inclusion work to our governance team, as well as wider professional and lived experience. Faran Johnson joins our Audit, Risk and Scrutiny Committee and Salima Shariff and Ema Ojiako join our Nominations and Remuneration Committee. You can find out more by reading about governance at NCT.
 

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