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Comment on the Staff College’s report “Leading in Colour”

Commenting on the Staff College’s report “Leading in Colour”, ADCS President Charlotte Ramsden said:

“This report highlights a lot of valuable and important learning into what we, as leaders, can do better to create and sustain a culture of inclusivity and to challenge ourselves and those around us. It highlights clearly the urgency and importance of acting now. Diversity in leadership matters but to improve this we need to attract, and crucially retain, more staff from ethnically diverse backgrounds. It is also important for children and young people to see that they too can aspire to a career in children’s services by seeing themselves reflected in the professionals who have such an important impact on their lives. We must therefore do all we can to not only encourage diversity within our workforce but also to create a culture that allows everyone to reach their full potential.

“Local authorities are working hard to recruit a workforce that represents the communities we work with and to support all staff, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity or any disability, to progress to senior and leadership roles if they wish to. However, clearly there is more that we can do, and this remains a priority for the Association.”


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