Two years ago, we set out to reinvigorate our approach to equity, diversity and inclusion. This Black History Month we wanted to take a moment to share a selection of our work and ongoing commitment to be a charity for all parents.
For our charity, our workplace, our places of education, and in the support and services we offer families, this meant putting in place commitments and plans to ensure the wellbeing and inclusion is at the forefront of everything we do.
We developed a comprehensive plan and created an EDI Steering Group, chaired by NCT Trustee, Zoe Stewart-Field, to lead our progress, bringing together people from across our community.
This year, we’ve taken immediate action to create a fairer and more inclusive charity:
- We appointed a full-time, permanent EDI Lead within the charity
- We diversified our Board and governance committees
- We developed our Diversity Network
- We created a new leadership role, Director of People, Education and Inclusion
- We undertook our first all-community diversity survey, to inform our future workforce and education goals
- We launched a new anti-discriminatory practice unit within our university-accredited higher education for NCT student Practitioners
- We have continued to learn alongside, and co-design services with parents, in communities such as Newham
- We worked with brap, a charity transforming the way organisations think about equality, to engage our Board, senior leaders and managers in anti-racism training and development.
- We have put our charity’s people, profile and platform behind a range of external organisations and campaigns calling for change to improve inequalities in maternity care.
- We launched a review of the language we use across our services.
- We are undertaking a review of the Infant Feeding line.
We know we’ve got further to go. We are committed to challenging ourselves to be better and go further in this most important work.
To find out more email Louise Oliver, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, NCT.