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equality & diversity pledge

Fortitude Fostering recognises that society does not provide a level playing field and despite progress in some sectors there are still a number of people within our communities that face hardship, discrimination and prejudice. That limits their life chances and their ability to fulfil potential. We believe we have a legal, moral and ethical duty to challenge racism, discrimination and prejudice in all its forms in every area of our practice.

we are committed to:

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Making Diversity and Inclusion more than just words, for us they’re the hard-and-fast principles guiding how we build Fortitude Fostering.  We recognise, respect and value people’s differences to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all staff, carers, children and other professionals or organisations we work alongside.

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Building a culture where difference is valued, and inclusiveness is a reflex not an initiative. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognising our individual differences.

 

Differences encompass wide ranging dimensions of, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment that enables us to understand each other, moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

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Ensuring Equality is a core value of our agency. We believe that Fortitude Fostering can be a powerful platform for social change and that our higher purpose is to drive for Equality for all. Creating a culture of Equality isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing. Diverse companies are more innovative and better positioned to succeed.

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Promoting anti-discriminatory practice by working with individuals, groups and communities in a way that embraces diversity and values difference. Promoting self-esteem and positive group identity to ensure the fulfilment of individual potential.

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Accepting that we are not experts and we need to review  and update our knowledge through, experience, training, research and peer reviews. To ensure that our practice avoids the use of assumptions and stereotypes which can be harmful in their application even when this was not the intention.