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The NETWORK – support for BAME at DBS

The NETWORK is a staff support group committed to promoting Race Equality within the Home Office. The NETWORK is the longest established race network in Whitehall.

Our goal is to ensure that the Home Office recognises and addresses the issues faced by staff from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

We are the largest; in terms of membership and oldest in the Civil Service and will celebrate our 20th anniversary in November 2019

The NETWORK aims to support staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, whilst fostering better relations between management and staff  

The NETWORK works closely with senior management to ensure staff from all backgrounds have a voice and the opportunity to fulfil their potential and supports a working environment where diversity is recognised, valued and celebrated and to ensure new and existing policies meet the needs of staff from BAME communities.

We act as a “critical friend” to the Home Office Race Champion, Permanent Secretary Sir Philip Rutnam and have a permanent Seat at the Home Office Race Board, which is Chaired by Scott Mcpherson, Director General.

Chair of The NETWORK Hamid Motraghi with Second Permanent Secretary Shona Dunn, Permanent Secretary Philip Rutnam, Amauche Anurukem and Home Office Race Champion Scott Mcpherson.

In the last few years, we have a delivered a number of key actions and interventions to support staff which have been recognised by external bodies;



(July) – Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion Representative Workforce

(November) – Global Equality and Diversity awards - Inclusive Workplace Award

(November) - Business Culture Awards – Business Culture Achievement Award: Public/Not-For Profit



Civil Service D&I awards - Championing Race Equality Award

Business in the Community – 1) Race Equality Recruitment Award and 2) Home Office Race Top 50 listing

Personnel Today awards - Diversity and Inclusion– Public Sector Award

Business Culture Awards – 1) Business Culture Diversity & Inclusion Award and 2) Business Culture Innovation Award

Winner of Business Culture “Innovation” Award Nov’ 2017

BITC Best Employers for Race listing - Home Office 2017

CIPD 2017 awards Finalist

Winner of ENEI “Tapping into Talent” Award July 2016

Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion award winner 2016

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