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  1. Living wage employer
  2. Gender pay gap
  3. Our commitment to being anti-racist
  4. The Halo Code
  5. Our commitment to the LGBTQ+ community

Living wage employer

The Centre is a Living Wage Employer proudly working with the Living Wage Foundation to promote the real Living Wage. The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. It is calculated each year and is announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week. It is currently £9.50 in the UK, with a higher rate of £10.85 for London, reflecting the higher costs of living in the capital.

The Centre's Living Wage commitment applies to not only directly employed staff but also to our third party contracted staff. The Centre has ensured that all our third party contracted staff, such as our cleaners, are paid the real Living Wage.

Discover more about the Living Wage.

Gender pay gap

While the Centre's gender pay gap compares favourably with that of organisations across the whole UK economy, we are committed to further reducing the gap. With this in mind, we continue to provide:

  • a family friendly workplace that gives equal opportunities to all employees irrespective of gender;
  • enhanced occupational maternity pay of eight weeks at 100% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, followed by 18 weeks at 50% of their average weekly earnings, with the last 13 weeks of paid maternity leave at the statutory rate; 
  • enhanced flexible working policies, extending flexible working requests to all staff, rather than just those with the statutory requirement of a minimum of 26 weeks’ service;
  • a high number of part-time roles. In April 2019, 66.35% of our roles were part-time and 81.39% of these were occupied by women. In April 2020, 74.9% of our roles were part-time and 79.36% of these were occupied by women.

Gender Pay Gap report 2019/2020

Our commitment to being anti-racist

We are working on what it means to say that ‘black lives matter’ in the work that we do.

We recognise that racism and discrimination is deeply engrained in the UK’s social systems and has a huge impact on the lives and mental health of children and families.

As a Centre we're making the time to reflect, to learn and to change, both ourselves and the world around us.

Read our commitment to tackling racism here

The Halo Code

The Centre champions the right of staff to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black employees’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance. We celebrate Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves, wigs, headscarves, and wraps. In this workplace, we recognise and celebrate our colleagues’ identities. We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on an employee's ability to succeed.

Our commitment to the LGBTQ+ community

'There is no question that the way we, as a society, respond to the sexuality of others, is often detrimental to their mental health. It is profoundly wrong that people we know and love fear rejection from their friends and families, from their colleagues and workplaces, feel vulnerable to abuse and fear violence simply because of their sexual identity.

Being accepted is a human need. It is not a privilege to have that need met, but a basic right, one from which all other opportunities flow. When we can all assert our individuality and flourish, and when we have the respect we need to feel proud of who we are, we will have a fairer society. It’s in recognition of this aspiration that the Anna Freud Centre is marching in celebration and solidarity with Pride.''

Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of the Centre.

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