About us Careers Our Equality and Diversity statement The recruitment and selection process is crucially important to any equal opportunities policy. We will endeavour through appropriate training to ensure that employees making selection and recruitment decisions will not discriminate, whether consciously or unconsciously, in making these decisions. Promotion and advancement will be made on merit and all decisions relating to this will be made within the overall framework and principles of this policy. Job descriptions will be in line with our equal opportunities policy. Job requirements will be reflected accurately in any personnel specifications. We will adopt a consistent, non-discriminatory approach to the advertising of vacancies and only use external recruitment agencies with similar policies. We will not confine our recruitment to areas or media sources which provide only, or mainly, applicants of a particular group i.e. applicant of a particular ethnic/national background. All applicants who apply for jobs with us will receive fair treatment and will be considered solely on their ability to do the job. All employees involved in the recruitment process will periodically review their selection criteria to ensure that they are related to the job requirements and do not unlawfully discriminate. Short-listing and interviewing will be carried out by more than one person whenever possible and include a service-user whenever applicable. Interview questions will be related to the requirements of the job and will not be of a discriminatory nature. We will not disqualify any applicant because he/she is unable to complete an application form unassisted unless personal completion of the form is a valid test of the standard of English required for the safe and effective performance of the job. Selection decisions will not be influenced by any perceived prejudices of other staff.