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Equity, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to creating an organisational culture that is diverse and inclusive; and empowers every individual to reach their full potential, providing an equitable experience for all. Our strategy outlines the starting point for our journey and what we want to achieve.

Our Strategy 2022 - 2025

The strategy sets out our ambition for The Children’s Trust to become an equitable, diverse and inclusive organisation, where everyone feels like they truly belong.

Our ambition at The Children’s Trust is for all children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability to live the best life possible. To help enable this ambition, we want to create an environment where differences are embraced, and you can be yourself without fear; which is why equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) has to be at the heart of everything we do. Our first strategy outlines the 4 goals which will shape our work.

Read our full strategy

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Introducing our EDI strategy

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Creating an inclusive work environment

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    Dalton Leong

    Chief Executive

    “We have made some great first steps, but I know there is much more work to be done. I am committed to continuing to create an inclusive work environment in which everyone who steps foot on our site – irrespective of their age, sex, race, gender identity and expression, ethnic origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability, social background or civil status – feels included and can thrive. I recognise that, in my position, I have a personal responsibility to be an agent of change across the charity sector as a whole. As such, I also chair the Surrey EDI Steering Group which is dedicated to promoting ambitions for an equitable Surrey.”

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    Georgia Pulman

    Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer

    “I realised I wanted to stand up and make a positive change in this space. I wouldn’t say everyone is ready to stand up just yet, but since starting the role I have been met with lots of enthusiasm, questions and ideas. The fact that we are having a lot more open conversations about EDI is really encouraging for me”.

Our progress so far


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Commitment to ACEVO's leadership principles

In June 2020, following the murder of George Floyd in the US, and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, The Children’s Trust committed to ACEVO’s ‘Eight principles to address the diversity deficit in charity leadership.’ Since then we have appointed an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer to help progress our EDI journey. 


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EDI working group – ‘Spark’

We established ‘Spark’ our EDI working group so members of staff from across the organisation can engage in our EDI work. Members of the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Trustees are directly involved.


Updating our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion policy

The revised policy is reflective of our proactive stance against discrimination and our ambitions for building a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment.


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Staff race and ethnicity survey

We surveyed our employees on race and ethnicity-related issues and forms of discrimination that they have experienced. These survey results will inform our EDI work across the organisation.


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EDI data collective initiative

In March 2021 we asked all staff to provide information on their diversity in order to gain a deeper understanding of our staff demographics, inform our planning and strengthen our ability to benchmark. While we do not currently have the data to produce an ethnicity pay gap report, this is part of our long-term EDI work.

Gender pay gap report

We publish a report each year analysing the pay gap between our female and male employees.