Working for us: equality, diversity and inclusion

Find out about how we strive to achieve a diverse workforce

We expect everyone who works here to treat people and to be treated with dignity and respect. 

We want to maintain and exceed the requirements of the Public Sector Duty (Equality Act 2020).

We are a Disability Confident Employer. We strive to remove barriers that might prevent a person with a disability from accessing opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. If you have a disability and meet the shortlisting criteria, we guarantee you an interview.

We are also a breastfeeding friendly Borough and employer.

Our workforce

The make-up of our workforce is in our Equality Watch report. We are committed to recruiting, retaining and developing a more diverse workforce that reflects our local demographics.

We regularly monitor the make-up of our workforce and listen to feedback from our staff in a number of ways, including:

  • online Pulse surveys
  • our employee Voice Champions programme
  • online and in-person Staff Briefings
  • Staff Inclusion Networks

Our approach

We celebrate difference and work hard to make sure that no one is disadvantaged when accessing services, employment or public life in Blackburn with Darwen. The Equality Act 2010 sets out our duty in this area.

We provide information about how we comply with our equality duties each year and we review our equality objectives at least once every 4 years.

Our Workforce Development Strategy

Our Workforce Development Strategy has a major focus on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Our priorities include:

  • creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce, where no-one is left behind
  • creating an engaging culture where everyone has a voice
  • supporting continuous development where everyone is encouraged to reach their potential

This strategy will govern how we attract, develop and retain the best talent.


Disability Confident Employer