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People and Culture

As a rights-based organisation, Save the Children UK holds equity and justice at the heart of our approach to people and culture.

Save the Children UK is here to make a positive, lasting difference for and with children. We can only realise that ambition by recruiting, retaining, developing, engaging and supporting our extraordinary people, so they can do the best work of their career with us.

As of 31 December 2022, 844 staff were employed at Save the Children UK Fand 3,689 people were working in a formal volunteering role.

This year we launched Organisation of the Future, a wide-reaching programme to shift our culture, capabilities and structure to deliver greater impact for children. It brings together and builds on work from across the organisation that:

  • increases our agility to maximise our impact and shock-proof the organisation
  • engages and empowers colleagues to work with greater autonomy and cooperation
  • shifts mindsets to increase individual agency and reshape our culture and capabilities.

We have embarked on a journey to make our organisation more inclusive. Working with our staff equality networks and diversity and inclusion representatives we continued to implement Free to Be Me, our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

Here are some examples of the progress we made towards implementing that strategy in 2022:

  • We delivered targeted anti-racism training to our Board and Executive and Corporate Leadership teams.
  • We increased ethnic minority representation at senior levels to 21%, exceeding the target of 20% we’d set ourselves to reach by 2024.
  • The proportion of staff who felt we are creating an inclusive culture where everyone can contribute their best increased from 69% to 75%.
  • In March, we introduced a comprehensive equity, diversity and inclusion education programme available to all staff.
  • After a successful first year, our mentoring development programme for colleagues from underrepresented groups entered its second year, supporting staff from ethnic minority backgrounds, under-privileged backgrounds, and those with disabilities and from LGBTQ groups. 

In 2023, we will refresh our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to ensure it’s effectively changing our culture.

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