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Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to promoting equality and celebrating diversity in our services, our workplace and within Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 

Our Equality and Diversity policy promotes equality and respecting diversity on the grounds of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • religion or belief
  • race
  • sex
  • sexual orientation. 

Under the Equality Act people looking after someone who is elderly or disabled, are also protected against:

  • direct discrimination
  • harassment because of their caring responsibilities.

We also recognise that people on very low incomes, or who live in relative poverty may also experience inequality and reduced life chances.

Equality in our Corporate strategy

Our commitments to equality and diversity are set out in our corporate strategy. Many of the strategy’s outcomes will positively impact on those with ‘protected characteristics’. These articulate our ambitions to bring about change for these groups in the community and Cabinet, who own the strategy, will be accountable for the delivery of the outcomes.

Equality Impact Assessments

Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) are risk assessments focused on:

  • fairness
  • access 
  • inclusion.

It’s a way of considering a policy, service or process in terms of how it might impact differently on different groups of people protected in law. This helps us target action where it’s most needed and improve services.

We use EIAs to find and remove barriers in services which might stop people knowing about the service, using it and getting the best from it.