Equal opportunities and diversity

Equality and diversity are central to Refuge’s core principles of empowerment and independence.


They are reflected in our values, policies, service delivery and awareness raising work.

Refuge is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all its employees, and to ensuring diversity in its workforce.

We operate fair and transparent recruitment and selection processes that reflect our values and principles. All recruitment at Refuge takes place on the basis of fair and open competition.

Refuge welcomes applications from all sections of the community and treats everyone who works for us or uses our services with dignity, equality, respect and fairness. Refuge works hard to create an environment in which everyone is valued equally and supported so that they can make a contribution with confidence.

Refuge will avoid unlawful discrimination in all aspects of employment including recruitment, promotion, opportunities for training, pay and benefits, discipline and dismissal.

Job descriptions and person specifications for Refuge roles are to be limited to those requirements that are necessary for the effective performance of the job. Candidates for employment or promotion will be assessed objectively against the requirements for the role, taking account of any reasonable adjustments that may be required for candidates with a disability. Disability and personal or home commitments will not form the basis of employment decisions except where necessary.