Fair and inclusive  

Updated 21 October 2021

The council is committed to being a fair and inclusive employer and service provider to the city. This means all staff must understand their role in understanding diversity within the workplace and community, and how they embed equality and inclusion in everything they do.

Learning and Development is one of the workstreams of the Fair and Inclusive Action Plan, our response in particular to racial inequality and disability discrimination.
Our live training on Teams or Zoom

Have a look at the courses running on Teams and Zoom, including the mandatory briefings, anti-racism and deaf awareness training

Manager Network - 16 November "Getting Started with Business Disability Forum"

Disability Awareness 
Ease of access/assistive technology
Equality Impact Assessments 
Having uncomfortable conversations 
Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Awareness
Equality and Diversity introduction
Disability Confident
Neurodiversity in the workplace
Reasonable Adjustments
The impact of micro-behaviours
Inclusion Essentials
Inclusive Leadership
Tackling Race Bias
NEW! Diverse Talent Programme

 As part of Our People Promise commitment to be a fair and inclusive place to work, we will be   starting a 6 month Diverse Talent development programme to develop and retain staff from groups under-represented in the council’s workforce.  The first programme will be for BME staff on grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. Before opening the programme to applications, we are offering a preliminary "Career Conversations" half day workshop to support interested participants and help you decide if the 6-month programme is right for you. 

Next available date is....

Monday 1 November 

How to be an active bystander webinar - Monday 25 October 

True allyship is about having the confidence to challenge intolerant behaviour, and the compassion to support and uplift a diverse range of people. Psychologist Bailey Bell will identify factors which may deter us from confronting and challenging racism, both in others and in ourselves. Bailey will provide practical insight into techniques that can be used to challenge intolerant behaviour within the workplace, so that you can leave the session feeling equipped to become a truly active bystander.

Book a place here (note this is a national webinar, not a BHCC event)

Upstanders Network
The city’s Upstanders Network brings a range of diverse community groups and services together and will continue to work together to raise awareness and stand against hate throughout the year. Watch this introductory video

Video - Community Voices
Residents of Brighton & Hove talking about their living and working in the city, their feelings around its inclusivity and their experiences of using council services. You can find that here

Accredited Equality and Diversity distance learning course
Contact andrew.parfitt@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you are interested

Webinar recording - "how to have conversations about race at work"
Why are discussions about Race at work important?
How do you develop the vocabulary/language to discuss Race with your colleagues?
What are the pitfalls to avoid and the mindset to approach talking about Race at work?
View the webinar recording

Podcast - "Talking Inclusion"
Latest research shows that race is on the Diversity and Inclusion agenda for 85% of organisations in the UK. Following the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, more individuals and organisations are committing to anti-racist action than ever before, but why do we still need to talk about this in 2021? In this podcast we talk about our guests’ experiences and observations, how much progress has truly been made and what we can all do to make anti-racism a shared responsibility. Our guests also offer tips and advice for employers.
Find it on Spotify, Apple or Google Podcasts

Guide -  Action, Impact, Do
The Action, Impact, Do model of feedback is covered in the staff briefing - it's a great model to structure feedback.


Guide - Anti racism and allyship in workplace
This guide outlines the steps individuals in the workplace can take towards becoming an effective ally

Video - Diversity and Inclusion has come a long way, but we still have a way to go
CIPD's Katie Jacobs talks to The Telegraph's Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Asif Sadiq, about his engaging panel discussion at the 2019 CIPD Festival of Work.

Asif Sadiq: D&I has come a long way, but we still have a way to go - YouTube


A modern approach to learning and development emphasises self-education and recognises that not all development is accessed through formal methods such as training or eLearning. This could be simply learning from day to day experiences,asking questions, reading, tv shows, podcasts, webinars, shadowing etc.

Our Equalities Team have created a bigger list of resources that might help us all develop our thinking about race, racism and anti-racism.  It’s not an exhaustive or exclusive list and it reflects a wide range of views, some from this country, some from elsewhere. We’ve included different media and different voices, all of which can build up our knowledge. Let us know if you have seen any others.

Have a look at the resources

How to find out more, report concerns and get support

If you observe or experience a member of staff speaking or behaving inappropriately towards you or another colleague you can respond, where you feel able, in a number of ways. Find out more on the Wave