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Beware of scams: Protect yourself from fraudulent messages

At Diversifying Group, we're committed to your safety and security. We would like to ask our candidates to beware of a current scam that targets job seekers. Fraudsters may reach out to you impersonating consultants with job opportunities or offers in order to get your personal information or request payment. It's crucial to be vigilant and verify the authenticity of any messages you receive.

Recruitment scams are not always obvious. Here are a few tips on how to identify a fraudulent message:

  • It’s from an unknown phone number, country code or email address.

  • It contains a link; these may contain malware that could be installed on your device so avoid clicking on these.

  • It contains sudden requests for payment or pressure to act quickly.

  • It contains poor spelling and/or grammar.

  • It contains unrealistic salary or working arrangements - if it’s too good to be true it probably is.

For your safety, we strongly advise:

  • Do not respond to these messages.

  • Do not share any personal information, banking details, or make any payments requested through these messages.

  • Report the scam message to your local authorities or the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) through their official website for further investigation.

At Diversifying Group, we might contact you by text message, however:

  • Initial contact will usually be via an email address containing or via LinkedIn.

  • We never send job offers or requests for personal information via text message to individuals who have not registered with our agency.

  • We will never ask a candidate to pay fees as part of the recruitment process.

  • We have an office phone number on our website, so you can give us a call if you’re not sure of anything.

Stay alert and safeguard yourself against fraudulent activity. If you have any doubts or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly using the contact details below:

01 Sep 2023

Diversity Lens - Issue 189

Inevitably life serves us its share of tough moments. This week I led a 'Lunch & Learn' session and talked about how changing our mindset during tough times can be a game-changer. The big idea? Empathy is key! It's not just a word – it's a power that allows us to connect, whether we're dealing with our own stuff or helping others.

No matter where we're from, we all deal with challenges. It's something we all have in common. This week, try focusing on empathy as you chat, meet, and work with others, and remember that empathy can help break down the walls that tough times throw at us. 🌍❤️
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New study: pupils in parts of UK will never have teacher of similar ethnicity

What did they find?
Researchers at Durham University found a wide gap in acceptance rates for teacher training hopefuls based on ethnicity, with applicants recorded as black having the lowest acceptance rate and substantially lower than those for white applicants. Minority ethnic groups also face a higher rate of failing to secure a teaching job after training.

Why does this matter?
The study revealed that the teaching workforce is least diverse in North East England, with London being the most diverse. However, in London, the gap between the minority ethnic pupil population and diverse teachers is widest. Having teachers who share a similar background is known to significantly impact students' development and well-being. Researchers urge the government to implement a meaningful action plan.

What is the history?
In the past, the police frequently used unlawful and abusive methods to carry out their enforcement of anti-homosexuality laws. As part of this, gay bars, clubs, and private parties were raided; LGBTQIA+ people were called names and harassed as they left; and same-sex couples were arrested for holding hands, kissing, and cuddling. 

How have the police responded to this?
Commissioner Angela McLaren apologised for the harmful policing practices and damaging ways laws were enforced against the LGBQTIA+ community in the past. She also acknowledged that the persecution of the LGBTQIA+ community took place as a result of legislation that was, thankfully, abolished. Angela McLaren stated that the City of London Police now places "equity and inclusion at the heart of all we do," and the force is working to "improve trust and confidence." 

How has the LGBTQIA+ community responded to this apology?
A well-known advocate for gay rights, Peter Tatchell described Commissioner Angela McLaren as "commendable" and believed that the apology would "win much appreciation and praise from the LGBTQIA+ community". He also expressed the hope that the apology would increase LGBTQIA+ people's trust in the police and encourage more LGBTQIA+ people to come forward and report hate crimes, domestic abuse, and sexual assault.

What's the story?
After being hired as an assistant manager at a well-known retailer, a woman soon realised she was not respected at work. Despite her credentials, she was frequently talked over, ignored, spoken down to, and never taken seriously. Her management responsibilities were delegated to other managers, and she served only as a backup when necessary, which contributed to her unpleasant work experience.

What can you do if you think you're a diversity hire?
If you suspect being hired as a "diversity hire," facing racial bias in hiring or termination, unfair treatment at work, or sudden unexplained leave due to performance, reach out to the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) or your trade union. They can help you hold your employer accountable for any discriminatory behaviour.

What are some misconceptions about diversity hiring?
There's a misconception that diversity hiring is just about quotas or appearances, rather than offering equal opportunities based on qualifications and merits. Transparent hiring emphasises diversity without compromising standards. Hiring diversely promotes inclusivity and respect, not preferential treatment. Also, wrongly, diverse hires can be seen as less qualified. Dispel this by providing equal training, recognition, and opportunities for all, irrespective of background.

What's happening?
The Northern Regional Gender Dysphoria Service (NRGDS), located in the North East region of the UK, has experienced long wait times for appointments, which has made it difficult for the trans community to access healthcare services. Community groups that are pushing for systemic change have criticised the NRGDS's decision to "pause" accepting referrals.

How are community groups advocating for change in the Healthcare system?
Community organisations like Be:Trans and Action for Trans Health are bringing attention to the difficulties the trans community faces in obtaining healthcare services. They are urging the Department of Health and Social Care to address the long-standing neglect of transgender healthcare, as well as increase consultation with the trans community during decision-making processes. Along with advocating for increased funding and resources, these organisations work to support and assist trans people who are having trouble accessing healthcare services.

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