General Osteopathic Council reiterates its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
5 June 2020
The tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests which have taken place in the USA and in other major cities around the world under the Black Lives Matter movement have caused us to pause and reflect.
Racism, prejudice, and discrimination exist in all forms of society, in all countries, and the negative impact this has on individuals should not be underestimated.
We all have a role to play to try to bring about positive change by promoting equality.
Here at the GOsC, we have begun a safe-space conversation with our team so that we can listen and hear views and feedback about how we might be able to enhance our approach through the perspective of equality, diversity and inclusion. At this time, we are very keen to listen to, and learn from, the experiences of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues.
We also continue to work with colleagues across our inter-regulatory forums around equality, diversity and inclusion, in order to draw insight and intelligence into our work.
The Equality Act 2010 created a public sector equality duty which requires that bodies, such as the GOsC, positively promote equality.
This is a duty we take very seriously, and we are committed to ensuring that all our activities, as a regulator, a service provider and an employer, provide equality of opportunity. We strive to do this by:
- Ensuring our regulatory activities are fair and free from unlawful discrimination.
- Ensuring that promoting equality and valuing diversity are reflected in the standards we set for the osteopathy profession.
- Promoting equality of opportunity and access to the osteopathy profession.
- Communicating and engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders in an accessible manner.
- Ensuring high standards in the recruitment, development and ongoing work of staff and non-executives.