Inclusive Top 50

The force has been ranked thirteenth in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List, highlighting that we are a leading organisation in all strands of diversity. 

The list, which was published on 28 November, includes UK based organisations that promote inclusion across all protected characteristics and throughout each level of employment.

The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers is a dynamic and exclusive resource that has identified the most inclusive companies across the nation. It has recognised the outstanding efforts the force has made in attracting and retaining a truly diverse workforce, achieving equality, diversity and inclusion at its purest form.

Head of People Services, Nicola Bailey said: "The position which we have achieved reflects the high standard in which we operate, and I am really pleased that The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers has recognised our continuous dedication to diversity, equality and inclusion.

"We have worked really hard to create an inclusive workforce that is representative of all the communities we serve. We have strived to be leading the way in the menopause area, having processes and policies in place to accommodate reasonable adjustments for officers and staff experiencing menopause. We are also leading the way in neurodiversity, and offer bespoke training to all colleagues. Making sure we are continuously adapting the organisation to be neurodiversity and dyslexia friendly.

"We are also a disability confident leader are one of less than 40 organisations that have leader status in the country.

"We are always striving to be an employer of choice for new and existing colleagues and creating a workplace where everyone can be their true authentic self."

To view the full list of Inclusive Employers, please visit https://www.inclusivecompanies.co.uk/inclusivetop50/2019rankings/

Stonewall

Cheshire Police has once again been identified as one of the most inclusive employers in the UK after being named in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list for 2020.

The Constabulary has been ranked 80th in the list, making us one of the top performing police forces in the UK – only Sussex ranked higher at 68th – and one of only a handful of emergency services to feature in the Top 100. This year saw 503 entries from across the UK and a range of sectors and industries – more than in any previous years.

In addition, the Force's LGBT+ network, has been named as one of 29 highly commended network groups by the by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity.

Among the good work highlighted by Stonewall was the communications to staff and the wider public in relation to the various LGBT+ days throughout the year, while they also praised the Diversity Allies Scheme.

Other strengths included the Force leadership's support for LGBT+, along with the vast amount of engagement work undertaken with our communities all year round.

Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall's Executive Director of Workplace & Community Programmes, said: "We are delighted to name Cheshire Constabulary as one of our Top 100 Employers this year. All the organisations in this year's Top 100 Employer's list are playing a huge role in improving the lives of LGBT people, and should be very proud of their work.

"We still don't live in a world where everyone is able to be themselves in the workplace, as we know more than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) hide who they are at work. By taking steps to make their workplaces supportive and welcoming of all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, organisations like Cheshire Constabulary are bringing us closer to a world where everyone is accepted without exception."

Stonewall's Top 100 is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace, as well as their wider work in the community and on service provision.

Each organisation must demonstrate their expertise in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, senior leadership, procurement and how well they've engaged with LGBT communities.

Disability Confident Leader

Cheshire Constabulary has been awarded Disability Confident ‘Leader’ status, the highest status which can be achieved by an organisation. 

The Disability Confident scheme is nationally recognised and encourages employers to be positive about the skills that people with disabilities can bring to the workforce, and to remove barriers to recruiting and retaining employees with disabilities. 

The scheme has three levels - employer, committed and leader – and recognises organisations that demonstrate that they make the most of the opportunities provided by employing people with disabilities. 

After having been awarded ‘Leader’ status following an assessment by the Business Disability Forum and Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), Acting Chief Constable: “Cheshire Constabulary aims to be an employer of choice, striving to be representative of the communities we serve.

"The award raises awareness of the opportunities for a career in the Constabulary. It further demonstrates our commitment to inclusion and acceptance for people from diverse backgrounds in the workplace, ensuring that those with disabilities and long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.”