Within our Workforce

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Workforce Data

To find out the statistics on various aspects such as age, gender and ethnicity of our staff, please see our Employee Equality Report - March 2016.

Supporting staff through Forums

We fund three staff networks providing advice and support to staff and the wider organisation. They include the Disability & Carers Staff Forum (DCSF), OUTreach (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender staff network) and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Forum.

Each network supports their members through events, by raising awareness of issues and contributing to the development of Council policies and the business agenda on equality and diversity.

Benefits of Staff Forums

Benefits for members:

  • Source of support information and guidance
  • Support personal development of members
  • Allow for sharing of experiences
  • Empower staff by increasing knowledge
  • Build confidence amongst network members
  • Offer a safe, mutually supportive environment to discuss and address issues.

Benefits for the wider organisation:

  • Provide support for the organisation on equality and diversity
  • Help ensure better policy making
  • Provide role models for progress
  • Increase sense of belonging and commitment to the organisation
  • Contribute to better motivated staff
  • Demonstrate Council's commitment to equality and diversity.

Disability & Carers Staff Forum (DCSF)

The DCSF is open to all staff and offers support via discussion forums, email and at its meetings. The Forum aims to influence Council policy and decision making, and to this end, they are active in policy consultations, as well as training.

Email: DisabilityandCarersStaffForum@southend.gov.uk

OUTreach (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Staff Network)

OUTreach points to the fact that they reach out to LGBT staff, allies, other forums, external sites, other organisations and community groups. This is partly for inclusion of LGBT staff and allies, but also to engage with and learn from the experiences of similar groups from around the borough and beyond.

OUTreach provides the opportunity for staff to share ideas and discuss new and existing policies in a safe environment. It is self-run and managed by LGBT members of staff.

It also supports the Council's Stonewall Workplace Equality Index submission helping the authority to be recognised as a top 100 employer - we are currently recognised as 82nd nationally and the 11th highest placed local authority.

Email: OUTReach@southend.gov.uk

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Forum

Formed in 2008 the Forum provides a valuable forum for mutual support and an opportunity for staff to share ideas and viewpoints on new and existing policies. It is self-run and self-managed by BAME members of staff.

The Forum was shortlisted for the Employee Network Award in the prestigious Race for Opportunity Awards 2012. The work of the Forum was recognised as best practice and we were the only local authority to be shortlisted in any of the Awards nine categories.

The activities of the Forum contribute towards Council's Equality Objectives and like all Forums have support from Senior Management.

Email: BME@southend.gov.uk

If you have any questions about Staff Forums please contact the Engagement Officer.

Page last updated: 16/08/2016