All at AFA abhor racism and all forms of discrimination. This article is not an attempt to promote AFA on the back of Black Lives Matter. We do, however, recognise the importance of continually pushing to change and that change has been needed for very many years. We have, therefore, decided to reiterate our position.

We have promoted anti-discriminatory practice since the inception of AFA. We recognise that our society, starting from the top levels of government, needs to enable change. This change has to happen peacefully but still with determination to actually make it happen.

AFA, both as an employer and as a provider of services, is fully committed to the promotion of equal opportunities. AFA aims to promote an environment that is free from discrimination in all its forms.

AFA is determined to continue to fulfil its aims: 

  • To encourage and promote diversity and equal opportunities in the agency 
  • To ensure equality in recruitment 
  • To ensure compliance with legislation on discrimination and equality 
  • To create an environment free from harassment and discrimination
  • To maximise the use of resources in the best interests of staff, carers and young people who use our services
  • To confront and challenge discrimination wherever and whenever it arises.

The Directors and Senior Managers of AFA recognise their responsibility to ensure anti-discriminatory practice is implemented and followed in a way that ensures all working practices are free from any form of discrimination. It is also recognised that understanding and commitment is required to ensure this happens.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We aim to create an environment in which all individuals can make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and where all decisions are based on merit.

Nigel Pickering and Graeme Duncombe, Directors

Toni Adriano, Registered Manager