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We are Disability Confident

At Suffolk County Council, we are committed to providing an open environment where disabled people are included and valued.
Disability Confident Leader

At Suffolk County Council we are working hard to build a more open environment where disabled people are included and valued. As a Disability Confident Leader, we recognise the valuable role disabled people play in our success.

Being a Disability Confident Leader means that as an employer, we have met all the set criteria to achieve the highest level in the national Disability Confident scheme and that we encourage applicants with a disability to apply for roles within the organisation.

One of our commitments is to offer an interview to all applicants who declare a disability/long term illness that meets the minimum/essential criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities.

We are also committed to supporting disabled people who are interested in a career at Suffolk County Council by offering work experience placements. If you are interested in a work experience placement, please complete the Work Experience Request Form (Word, 56KB).

Nicola Beach, Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council, said: “As an employer, we recognise the benefits for both our employees and for the organisation, of creating a supportive culture in which people feel comfortable to disclose their disability, and we try to build accessibility into everything we do. At Suffolk County Council we value diversity, and it is so important that our workforce reflects the communities we serve.

“The Disability Confident scheme provides a best practice framework for employers to move towards improved disability inclusion.”

Cllr Bobby Bennett, Cabinet Member for Equality and Communities, said: “We are proud to act as a role model for disability inclusion. We welcome and support disabled people at Suffolk County Council, and we encourage other organisations to join the Disability Confident Scheme“

Find more information about the Disability Confident campaign.

We also have active staff networks focussed on disabilities, such as The disABILITY Network, The Mental Health Network, The D(d)eaf Network and The Neurodiversity Network. Find more information about our Staff Networks.

Learn more about how we support our staff by hearing their stories in the video and following text below.