Equality and Diversity
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The Equality Act
The deanery has a legal requirement to comply with The Equality Act which came into force on 1st October 2010. This legislation strengthens, harmonises and streamlines 40 years of equality legislation, providing protection from discrimination across protected groups now referred to as ‘protected characteristics’.
The deanery has a three year strategy in place to ensure a systematic approach to the delivery and monitoring of equality and diversity, including impact assessments being carried out on all published policies and procedures.
The main elements of the Act:
The 2010 Act protects people from discrimination on the basis of a ‘protected characteristics’ (these used to be called equality strands);
The Act also recognises that unlawful discrimination can occur because of a combination of protected characteristics.
The Act defines unlawful discrimination in four main ways:
In order to ensure that all those working as part of or on behalf of the deanery are fully aware of the different ways in which unlawful discrimination can occur and should do their utmost to prevent this from occurring all colleagues complete on line Equality and Diversity Training and are invited to attend training sessions as part of the annual staff development programme.
The Equality Act 2010 introduced a general equality duty requiring organisations, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to: