We are proud to be an organisation which embraces diversity and difference. We employ colleagues who each bring their own unique skills to deliver an excellent service to our customers.
We always recruit the most talented people for any role, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
We aim to be reflective of the communities that we operate in. We promote diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds.
Sefton Council is committed to supporting the diverse needs of all employees and the communities we serve. In line with our One Council values of listening, valuing and respecting each other’s views, as well as developing a culture of challenge, ownership, innovation and improvement, the Council has established a number of staff networks for colleagues to join.
Our Networks include:
- Sefton Women's Network Sefton Women’s Network helps us to maintain momentum and work hard to ensure that women in our organisation feel supported and encouraged to reach their full potential and that we create a pipeline for the future.
- Sefton Disability Staff Network The Sefton Disability Staff Network seeks to provide a confidential and safe environment to support, respect and encourage members to share experiences and discuss issues that affect them.
- Sefton LGBT+ Staff Network The Sefton LGBT+ Staff Network seeks to provide a confidential and safe environment to support, respect and encourage members to share experiences and discuss issues that affect them. We are proud to hold the Navajo Charter Mark
- Sefton’s Black and Ethnically Diverse Staff Group Sefton’s Black and Ethnically Diverse Staff Group seeks to provide a confidential and safe environment to support, respect and encourage members to share experiences and discuss issues that affect them.
- Sefton Council Christian Workplace Group Did you know that the average person spends a third of their life working? Who we are at work really matters, which is why a group of Christian work colleagues get together every week over lunch, and you’d be so welcome to join us.
Equality and Diversity
We are committed to equality and social inclusion as an employer, service provider and as a strategic partner both locally and regionally. Equalities is an important part of our work and as such we have processes within the organisation to make sure it is active and always in our thinking.
You can read our policy here
You can read an Easy Read version here
Cared for and Care experienced
Sefton recognises cared for and care experienced as a protected characteristic. Children and young people who have had prolonged contact with the Sefton’s social care services will now be on an equal footing with people in these other groups This is part of our commitment to actively listen to the voices of people with care experience and consider their needs when creating new policies.
In recognising ‘care experienced’ as a protected characteristic, the Council will actively seek out and listen to the voices of care experienced people in the same way they would ensure voices across the spectrum of age, gender, race and disability are heard. It will ensure that all decisions the Council make, the policies they set and the services they commission always consider the specific needs of care experienced young people and the impact on them.
Disability Confident Scheme
The Council is a Disability Confident Employer which means that it is committed to removing barriers for disabled people and those with long term health conditions in employment. As part of this scheme candidates are able to apply for all non-schools vacancies under a guaranteed interview scheme, whereby if you meet all essential criteria of the role as detailed in the person specification, you will automatically be shortlisted for interview.
In order to apply under this scheme you must complete the relevant section when submitting your application. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website.
The Council strives for equal pay. An equal pay audit has been completed for employees covered by the National Joint Council pay and conditions of service. The Council has been working closely with the trade unions and the pay grades relating to NJC staff were jointly agreed between the Council and the trade unions.
Liverpool City Region Fair Employment Charter
The Council is proud to announce that it has been awarded Aspiring level of the Fair Employment Charter.
By joining the charter, this demonstrates that the Council is committed to the principle of fair employment and wants to play its part in building a healthy, fair, inclusive and just Liverpool City Region which are the key principles of the Charter.
Further information about the Charter is available here.