6KBW College Hill recognises the importance of ensuring that all barristers, pupils and staff have a safe and supportive working environment in which to work.
Following on from the Bar Council’s wellbeing initiative, Chambers recognised the importance of formalising the wellbeing measures that already existed in Chambers in a wellbeing policy, as well as the need to review whether more could be done to ensure that the wellbeing needs of barristers and staff are met.
Governance and Policy
The feedback from within Chambers about the work of the Wellbeing Committee has been extremely positive. While 6KBW has always been an inclusive and supportive environment in which to work, the implementation of formal measures such as a policy and a Wellbeing Committee that reports on a monthly basis to the management committee has increased the awareness at all levels of seniority within Chambers, and amongst staff, of the support that is available. It has also increased the discussion of wellbeing issues, both at management level and throughout Chambers.
‘6KBW have clearly focussed on getting the basics right and should be commended for this. They are building wellbeing activity on firm foundations – their wellbeing committee is trained with proper governance arrangements feeding into Chambers’ management. It is great to see their commitment extends to ensuring all members and staff have access to support via their own direct arrangements with Health Assured. Efforts too have clearly been made to respond to the ongoing pandemic’.
Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group
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