“The purpose of setting specific, measurable equality objectives is to help listed authorities to better perform the general equality duty, focusing on the outcomes to be achieved. Equality objectives help focus attention on the priority equality issues within an organisation in order to deliver improvements in policy making, service delivery and employment, including resource allocation.” Equality and Human Rights Commission
Equality Objectives for 2020 – 2024
Our Equality Objectives for 2020 – 2024 are our third set of equality objectives. They are grouped under four broad strategic themes which relate to the key areas in which we are seeking to deliver improvements in policy and service quality and outcomes for the public, communities and our workforce. The four themes are:
- Hate crime
- Violence against women and children
- Access and engagement
- Leadership and positive action
PDF and word versions of the equality objectives can be downloaded below
Developing our equality objectives
Guidance from the Equality & Human Rights Commission recommends that equality objectives support the delivery of an organisation’s business plan and priorities. This ensures that normal business activity drives progress on the equality objectives and embeds equality into day to day business in line with the principle underpinning the general duty.
This approach was taken when we developed our previous quality objectives for 2012 – 2016 and for 2016 – 2019.
In February 2019 our Independent Advisors, who act as critical friends and support us to understand the needs and concerns of different equality groups, worked with us to review our 2016 – 2019 equality objectives and identify new priorities for future work. We used this feedback to inform discussions with relevant business leads to develop revised objectives for 2020 – 2024. We have used a wide range of mechanisms to engage and consult with the public and our workforce on the revised objectives.
What have we changed?
- We have removed the list of priority groups for targeted engagement activity to raise awareness and increase reporting of hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual offences. Activity already undertaken with priority groups will be continued by our diverse community teams who will continue to provide ongoing engagement to promote awareness and support engagement. Instead each Basic Command Unit (BCUs) will identify the priority groups for their area using an evidenced based approach. This will provide the Force with greater flexibility and the opportunity to respond to new and emerging issues and local priorities.
- The revised equality objectives for the Access and Engagement theme now have a greater focus on providing methods of communication that more effectively meet the needs of different communities and protected groups and improve access to information and services including digital and social media.
- The revised equality objective for learning and development is now included in the Leadership and Positive Action theme.
Progress on our Equality Objectives is monitored through our Equality and Diversity Human Rights Strategic Group.