HR shake-up as legal service is found racist

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article HR shake-up as legal service is found racistOn 31 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The Crown Prosecution Service is set to radically overhaul its HR operationsafter an 18-month inquiry revealed that it is institutionally racist. Race Discrimination in the Crown Prosecution Service – Final Report,commissioned by the service, claims there are barriers to ethnic minorityrecruitment and promotion due to poor management training. It calls for theservice to take equal opportunities much more seriously. The CPS has a central HR and finance service centre for each of its 10operational areas, but they do not have dedicated equal opportunities staff. The inquiry has demanded that each area has its own full-time equalopportunities officer. Dr Rohan Collier, head of equality and diversity at the CPS, told PersonnelToday exclusively that the CPS needs a “complete culture change” andwill implement all of the report’s recommendations. She said, “The CPS service centres have never had a full-time equalopportunities officer. There has always been a member of staff to look afterequality but it was always a junior member of staff and [equal opportunities]was only part of their duties. “The report recommendations mean that we will be able to recruitofficers with the experience and ability to drive through the culturechange.” The report, written by anti-discrimination lawyer Sylvia Denman, alsoadvises that recruitment and promotion should be based on objective criteria.Assessment centres and positive action programmes, it suggests, should be usedto increase ethnic minority representation. “Diversity targets will be drawn up for each area as this is the simpleway to hold every area accountable,” said Collier. A steering group – including the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) – hasbeen set up to monitor the implementation of the inquiry’s recommendations. A CRE report, also released last week, claimed that work teams in CPS’sCroydon office were segregated along racial lines and were in breach of theRace Relations (Amendment) Act. By Paul Nelson last_img

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