Staff are encouraged to put a person first, not their disability or other characteristics with words such as “diabetic person” and “mentally ill” to be avoided and “person with diabetes” and “person with mental health problems” to be used instead.
While Christians should be replaced by “Christian people” and the use of “Christian name” is non-inclusive.
Similarly in the Oxfam Inclusive Language Guide urges employees to avoid the word “headquarters”, as it “implies a colonial power dynamic” and “aid sector” which “cements ideology where an agent with resources gives support on a charitable basis.”
Other phrases such as “migration challenge” and “refugee crisis” should not be used and “migration as a complex phenomenon” is encouraged instead.
Similarly in the Oxfam Inclusive Language Guide urges employees to avoid the word 'headquarters', as it 'implies a colonial power dynamic'
Dr Laura Bailey, senior lecturer in English language and linguistics at the University of Kent said: "It should be about trying to listen to and understand different perspectives and do whatever we can to avoid offending people, acknowledging that we won’t get it right every time.
"We’re not censoring people, just encouraging people to learn and be considerate.
"If we look at workplaces over the past few decades, change has been slow – we’re still far from where we need to be on issues such as the gender pay gap. So perhaps we need to speed up."