CPS Muslim Staff Network
The MSN primarily provides a support system, through which, Muslim staff within the CPS contribute their voice. Working across the Civil Service (CS), they aim to improve understanding around faith within the workplace and promote the shared values of inter-faiths through provision of safe spaces, allowing those of all faiths and none to explore their differences and celebrate commonalities.
They have raised the profile of the CS faith and belief agenda, by working in partnership with FAB Leaders and other faith networks, contributing to the creation and promotion of the CS Faith & Belief toolkit and being instrumental in the appointment of a CPS FAB Champion, advocating for the introduction of the role, contributing to the business case for appointment and helping to identify a suitable candidate.
The MSN chair mentors new and aspiring faith networks, helping to establish the CPS Sikh Society and collaborating on the introduction of a CPS Jewish network. The MSN made an important contribution to the work of our CPS BAME Role Model and Development Group, facilitating the succession of the CPS BAME talent pipeline by allowing the adaptation of the MSN mentoring programme to be utilised for the benefit of the wider CPS workforce.
MSN’s external facing role aims to build public confidence in the CPS, encouraging respect and mutual understanding, helping to ensure that CPS policies and processes do not have a disproportionate impact on the public we serve. Working with schools, universities, charities and communities, MSN run events to increase understanding around religion based hate crime, counter terrorism and the prosecution process, feeding back on the impact felt by communities.
MSN addresses barriers to social mobility through their work with young people. Providing positive role models and opportunities to access the mentoring and work experience programmes the MSN has designed and delivered.