Diversity and safeguarding

One goal achieved by many different ideas, experiences and backgrounds.

We’re committed to recognising and celebrating the diversity of our staff, volunteers and service users, by fostering an inclusive environment where everyone feels they belong. We’re only at the beginning of our journey and are transparent about the fact that we have a lot of work to do, but we’re dedicated to our mission and investing time and resources into getting us there.

So, what are we doing? 

  • We are a Disability Confident Employer and achieved bronze status with the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.
  • Tom Wright, our CEO, has signed up and committed to the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), whose vision is to see civil society leaders making the biggest possible difference.
  • We conduct Equality Impact Assessments to help us understand whether plans or policies might disproportionately have a negative impact on certain groups of people. 

Diversity statement

Guide Dogs strives to be a diverse and inclusive employer, ensuring our workforce reflects the communities we support. We welcome applicants regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We are a Disability Confident Employer and guarantee an interview to candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role.

Safeguarding statement

Guide Dogs is committed to ensuring that children, young people and adults at risk who come into contact with Guide Dogs staff and volunteers are treated with respect, and are free from all forms of abuse or mistreatment. We are also committed to ensuring that all staff and volunteers are aware of their responsibilities, and have the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and maintain the welfare and safety of those with whom they come into contact.

For further advice on employment and work please visit the Sight Advice FAQ website.

The Safeguarding Team

If you have a Safeguarding concern and would like to speak to someone, please call 0345 143 0199, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. A member of the Safeguarding Team will contact you as soon as we are able.

If a person is in immediate risk of harm contact the emergency services on 101 or 999. If you do not have sufficient information about the person to advise emergency services, then please contact the out of hours duty officer at your local Guide Dogs team.

0345 143 0199

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